Espouse Es*pouse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Espoused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Espousing}.] [OF. espouser, esposer, F. ['e]pouser, L. sponsare to betroth, espouse, fr. sponsus betrothed, p. p. of spondere to promise solemnly or sacredly. Cf. {Spouse}.] 1. To betroth; to promise in marriage; to give as spouse. [1913 Webster]

A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. --Luke i. 27. [1913 Webster]

2. To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry. [1913 Webster]

Lavinia will I make my empress, . . . And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. ``He espoused that quarrel.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as he got out of the war. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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