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  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. 




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