expound

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 expound — I verb clarify, clear of obscurity, clear up, comment upon, commentate, construe, define, delineate, develop, elucidate, enucleate, explain, explicate, exposit, illustrate, interpret, make clear, make plain, present the meaning of, reveal, set… …

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  • 3 expound — c.1300, from O.Fr. espondre expound (on), set forth, explain, from L. exponere put forth, explain, expose, exhibit, from ex forth (see EX (Cf. ex )) + ponere to put, place (see POSITION (Cf. position)); with intrusive d (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 expound — [ek spound′, ikspound′] vt. [ME expounden < OFr expondre < L exponere, to put forth, expound < ex , out + ponere, to put: see POSITION] 1. to set forth point by point; state in detail 2. to explain or interpret; clarify vi. to comment… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 expound — *explain, explicate, elucidate, interpret, construe Analogous words: dissect, break down, *analyze, resolve: illustrate, *exemplify …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 expound — [v] talk about in great detail clarify, comment, construe, delineate, describe, discourse, elucidate, enucleate, exemplify, explain, explicate, express, illustrate, interpret, present, set forth, spell out, state, unfold; concept 57 …

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  • 7 expound — ► VERB ▪ present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically. DERIVATIVES expounder noun. ORIGIN Latin exponere present, explain …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 expound — UK [ɪkˈspaʊnd] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms expound : present tense I/you/we/they expound he/she/it expounds present participle expounding past tense expounded past participle expounded very formal to explain something or to… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 expound — v. (formal) 1) (B) she expounded her theory to her colleagues 2) (d; intr.) to expound on (to expound on one s favorite subject) * * * [ɪk spaʊnd] (d; intr.) to expound on (to expound on one s favorite subject) (formal) (B) she expounded her… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 expound — [[t]ɪkspa͟ʊnd[/t]] expounds, expounding, expounded VERB If you expound an idea or opinion, you give a clear and detailed explanation of it. [FORMAL] [V n] Schmidt continued to expound his views on economics and politics. Syn: explain PHRASAL VERB …

    English dictionary

  • 11 expound — ex|pound [ ık spaund ] verb intransitive or transitive VERY FORMAL to explain something or express your opinion about it in detail: It will be an opportunity to expound the ideas he has been developing. expound on/upon: He continued to expound on …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 expound — /əkˈspaʊnd / (say uhk spownd), /ɛk / (say ek ) verb (t) 1. to set forth or state in detail: to expound theories; to expound principles. 2. to explain; interpret. {Middle English expoune(n), expounde(n), from Old French espondre, from Latin… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 expound — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French espundre, expondre, from Latin exponere to explain more at expose Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to set forth ; state b. to defend with argument 2. to explain by setting forth in careful …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 expound — expounder, n. /ik spownd /, v.t. 1. to set forth or state in detail: to expound theories. 2. to explain; interpret. v.i. 3. to make a detailed statement (often fol. by on). [1250 1300; ME expounen, expounden < OF espondre < L exponere to put out …

    Universalium

  • 15 expound — verb /ɪkˈspaʊnd/ a) To lay open; to expose to view; to examine. The role of some religious leaders is to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle. b) To lay open the meaning of; to …

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  • 16 expound — verb Expound is used with these nouns as the object: ↑doctrine, ↑idea, ↑view …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 expound — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. state, express, set forth; explain, interpret, elucidate. See teaching, speech, interpretation. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To interpret] Syn. explicate, clarify, elucidate; see explain . 2. [To set… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 expound — ex|pound [ıkˈspaund] v [I and T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: espondre, from Latin exponere; EXPOSE] formal to explain or talk about something in detail expound on ▪ She s always expounding on the latest dogmas of feminism …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 expound — verb 1) he expounded his theories Syn: present, put forward, set forth, propose, propound; explain, give an explanation of, detail, spell out, describe 2) a treatise expounding Chomsky s theories Syn: explain …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 expound — ex•pound [[t]ɪkˈspaʊnd[/t]] v. t. 1) to set forth in detail: to expound theories[/ex] 2) to explain; interpret 3) to make a detailed statement (often fol. by on) • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME expoun(d)en, < OF espondre < L expōnere to expose,… …

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