Es*pouse" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Espoused (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Espousing.] [OF. espouser, esposer, F. 'epouser, 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.

A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. Luke i. 27.

2.

To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry.

Lavinia will I make my empress, . . . And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse. Shak.

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.

Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as he got out of the war. Bp. Burnet.

 

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