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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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