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Definition of espoused (Meaning of espoused)
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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.
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	              A virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph.
	                                                    --Luke i. 27.
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	     2. To take as spouse; to take to wife; to marry.
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	              Lavinia will I make my empress, . . .
	              And in the sacred Pantheon her espouse. --Shak.
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	     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.
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	              Promised faithfully to espouse his cause as soon as
	              he got out of the war.                --Bp. Burnet.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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