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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Espouse  \Es*pouse"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Espoused};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Espousing}.]  [OF.  espouser,  esposer,  F.  ['e]pouser, 
  L.  sponsare  to  betroth,  espouse,  fr  sponsus  betrothed,  p.  p. 
  of  spondere  to  promise  solemnly  or  sacredly.  Cf  {Spouse}.] 
  1.  To  betroth;  to  promise  in  marriage;  to  give  as  spouse. 
 
  A  virgin  espoused  to  a  man  whose  name  was  Joseph. 
  --Luke  i.  27. 
 
  2.  To  take  as  spouse;  to  take  to  wife;  to  marry. 
 
  Lavinia  will  I  make  my  empress,  .  .  .  And  in  the 
  sacred  Pantheon  her  espouse.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  take  to  one's  self  with  a  view  to  maintain;  to  make 
  one's  own  to  take  up  the  cause  of  to  adopt;  to  embrace. 
  ``He  espoused  that  quarrel.''  --Bacon. 
 
  Promised  faithfully  to  espouse  his  cause  as  soon  as 
  he  got  out  of  the  war.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  espouse 
  v  1:  choose  and  follow  as  of  theories,  ideas,  policies, 
  strategies  or  plans;  "She  followed  the  feminist 
  movement";  "The  candidate  espouses  Republican  ideals" 
  [syn:  {adopt},  {follow}] 
  2:  take  in  marriage  [syn:  {marry},  {get  married},  {wed},  {conjoin}, 
  {hook  up  with},  {get  hitched  with}] 
  3:  take  up  the  cause  or  ideology  of  (beliefs,  tasks,  etc.) 
  [syn:  {embrace},  {sweep  up},  {adapt}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Espouse 
  (2  Sam.  3:14),  to  betroth.  The  espousal  was  a  ceremony  of 
  betrothing,  a  formal  agreement  between  the  parties  then  coming 
  under  obligation  for  the  purpose  of  marriage.  Espousals  are  in 
  the  East  frequently  contracted  years  before  the  marriage  is 
  celebrated.  It  is  referred  to  as  figuratively  illustrating  the 
  relations  between  God  and  his  people  (Jer.  2:2;  Matt.  1:18;  2 
  Cor.  11:2).  (See  {BETROTH}.) 
 




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