The Closing Word: Espouse

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ih-SPOWZ)

1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
2. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one’s own
3. (archaic) take in marriage

From “You can see the word spouse in espouse, so you may be wondering what husbands and wives have to do with it. Originally espouse did mean “to marry,” but its meaning has evolved to include other long-term commitments as well, such as support for a principle or a cause. Similar to marriage, if you espouse a belief system, the idea is that you’ve chosen to wed yourself to it.”

“The majority of real estate agents espouse that home ownership is a pathway to personal wealth.”


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