Expound Ex*pound" ([e^]ks*pound"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expounding}.] [OE. exponen, expounen, expounden, fr. L. exponere to set out, expose, expound; ex out + ponere to put: cf. OE. expondre, expondre. See {Position}.] 1. To lay open; to expose to view; to examine. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He expounded both his pockets. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

2. To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle. [1913 Webster]

Expound this matter more fully to me. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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