UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪˈspaʊz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(i spouz, i spous)

Inflections of 'espouse' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•pouse /ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -poused, -pous•ing. 
  1. to support, as a cause;
    call for;
    adopt:espoused a philosophy of understanding.
es•pous•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•pouse  (i spouz, i spous),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -poused, -pous•ing. 
  1. to make one's own;
    adopt or embrace, as a cause.
  2. to marry.
  3. to give (a woman) in marriage.
es•pouser, n. 
  • Latin spōnsāre to betroth, espouse
  • Middle French espouser
  • late Middle English 1425–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support, champion, advocate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
espouse /ɪˈspaʊz/ vb (transitive)
  1. to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc): to espouse socialism
  2. archaic (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre to affiance, espouse

esˈpouser n
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