[ih-spouz, ih-spous] /ɪˈspaʊz, ɪˈspaʊs/
verb (used with object), espoused, espousing.
to make one’s own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
to give (a woman) in marriage.
to adopt or give support to (a cause, ideal, etc): to espouse socialism
(archaic) (esp of a man) to take as spouse; marry
mid-15c., “to take as spouse, marry,” from Old French espouser “marry, take in marriage, join in marriage” (11c., Modern French épouser), from Latin sponsare, past participle of spondere (see espousal).
Extended sense of “adopt, embrace” a cause, party, etc., is from 1620s. Related: Espoused; espouses; espousing. For initial e-, see especial.
(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2 Cor. 11:2). (See BETROTH.)
[e-spres-oh] /ɛˈsprɛs oʊ/ noun, plural espressos. 1. a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans. 2. a cup of this coffee. /ɛˈsprɛsəʊ/ noun (pl) -sos 1. strong coffee made by forcing steam or boiling water through ground coffee beans 2. an apparatus for making coffee […]
[e-spree] /ɛˈspri/ noun 1. sprightliness of spirit or wit; lively intelligence. /ɛˈspriː/ noun 1. spirit and liveliness, esp in wit n. 1590s, from Middle French esprit “spirit, mind,” from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus “spirit” (see spirit). For initial e-, see especial. Esprit de corps first recorded 1780. French also has the excellent phrase […]
[e-spree duh kawr] /ɛˈspri də ˈkɔr/ noun 1. a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc. /ɛˈspriː də ˈkɔː; French ɛspri də kɔr/ noun 1. consciousness of and pride in belonging to a particular group; the sense of […]
[es-prawn-the-th ah, -se-] /ˌɛs prɔnˈθɛ ðɑ, -ˈsɛ-/ noun 1. José de [haw-se th e] /hɔˈsɛ ðɛ/ (Show IPA), 1808–42, Spanish poet.