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Verb: espouse  e'spawz
  1. Choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
    "The candidate espouses Republican ideals";
    - adopt, follow
     
  2. Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
    "She espoused Catholicism";
    - embrace, adopt, sweep up
     
  3. [archaic] Take in marriage
    - marry, get married, wed, conjoin [formal], hook up with [informal], get hitched with [informal], hitch up [informal], get hitched [informal], tie the knot [informal]

Derived forms: espoused, espousing, espouses

Type of: accept, choose, pick out, select, take, unify, unite

Encyclopedia: Espouse