espouse vs expound vs expand : Common Errors in English

About espouse vs expound vs expand

The core meaning of “espouse” is “marry.” When you espouse an idea or cause in public you are proclaiming that you are wed to it, you are promoting it as yours.When you expound an idea you are explaining it. Theoretically you could expound an idea that you don’t personally espouse. “Expound” was traditionally used mainly to refer to detailed examinations of complex or obscure systems of thought, but it is most often used today to mean “to speak at length about” and frequently occurs in the phrase “expound on”: “the senator expounded on his love for the traditional family farm.” Sometimes in such contexts it would be more appropriate to use “expand on,” which means “to speak at further length about.” “Expand” in this sense lacks the systematic analytical connotations of “expound.”You never “espouse on” an idea; you just espouse it.

espouse Meaning(s)

  • (v) choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
  • (v) take in marriage
  • (v) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

expound Meaning(s)

  • (v) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • (v) state

expand Meaning(s)

  • (v) extend in one or more directions
  • (v) become larger in size or volume or quantity
  • (v) make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
  • (v) grow vigorously
  • (v) exaggerate or make bigger
  • (v) add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
  • (v) expand the influence of

espouse in News

expound in News

  • Dead Sea Scrolls discussion

    Speaker Zoltan Toman, a member of the Men’s Club, will expound on the Dead Sea Scrolls during the next Men’s Club meeting Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. Information: Peter Jastermsky, 203-378-5959.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Stratford Star

expand in News

  1. Business Insight: Expand but stay true to the brand

    Business Insight: Expand but stay true to the brand Published Jun 13, 2013 09:59PM MDT James Worthington, CEO of Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, which started out in Orem and has grown to 23 locations, says companies must seek consistency, for customers’ sake and for their own benefit. How do you keep your brand consistent? The most important thing is to find great people who believe in the brand. If ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Sasquatch music festival to expand to two weekends

    The Sasquatch music festival will expand to a second weekend next year. Instead of being a four-day event over Memorial Day weekend, it will be two three-day events over the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends. The two week festivals will feature entirely separate lineups. The annual music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre has taken place since 2002.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KREM.com Spokane

  3. Catalyst adds Ascent to expand its range of lightweight coated papers for printers, publishers, advertisers

    Catalyst adds Ascent to expand its range of lightweight coated papers for printers, publishers, advertisers
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

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