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English verb: espouse

1. espouse (possession) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans


SamplesShe followed the feminist movement.
The candidate espouses Republican ideals.


Synonymsadopt, follow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)adhere, stick


Verb groupabide by, comply, follow

2. espouse (social) take in marriage


Synonymsconjoin, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)unify, unite


Narrower (hyponym)inmarry, intermarry, mismarry, remarry, wive, wive


Verb groupmarry, splice, tie, wed

3. espouse (cognition) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own


SamplesShe embraced Catholicism.
They adopted the Jewish faith.


Synonymsadopt, embrace, sweep up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)accept


Narrower (hyponym)fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on, take up









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