Definitions of espouse

  1. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse.
  2. 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.
  3. To promise or give in marriage; adopt.
  4. To give as spouse or in marriage; to betroth; to promise, engage, or bestow in marriage, by contract in writing or by some pledge; to unite intimately or indissolubly; as, the king espoused his daughter to a foreign prince. " When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph."- Matt. i. 18; I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. "- 2 Cor. xi. 2; to take in marriage or as a spouse; to marry; to wed; as, to make one's self a participator in; to become a partisan in; to take to one's self, or make one's own; to embrace; to adopt; as, to espouse the quarrel of another, to espouse a cause; as, " Men espouse the well- endowed opinions in fashion, and then seek arguments either to make good their beauty, or varnish over their deformity."- Locke.
  5. To marry; engage or bestow in marriage.
  6. To become an advocate of, as a cause or claim.
  7. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; " She embraced Catholocism"; " They adopted the Jewish faith"
  8. To betroth; to promise or engage in marriage; to marry; to unite intimately or indissolubly; to embrace; to take to one's self with a view to maintain.
  9. To promise or engage in marriage by a written contract; to betroth; to marry; to embrace or adopt, as a cause or opinion.