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Syllabification: ex·pound
Pronunciation: /ikˈspound

Definition of expound in English:


[with object]
1Present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail: he was expounding a powerful argument [no object]: he declined to expound on his decision
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  • Nardini wholeheartedly expounds the idea that those in the public eye are obliged to raise the profile of organisations who struggle to avert major crises.
  • First, it is suggested that successive attempts to expound a Marxian theory of nature have see-sawed between naturalistic and social constructionist positions.
  • Over the next 30 years he contributed 78 papers to international journals, many of them expounding his own theory of molecular attraction.
present, put forward, set forth, propose, propound;
explain, give an explanation of, detail, spell out, describe
elaborate on, expand on, expatiate on, discuss at length
1.1Explain the meaning of (a literary or doctrinal work): the abbess expounded the scriptures to her nuns
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  • Authors customarily used the commentary format not only to expound the works of Aristotle, but also as a vehicle for original philosophical theorizing.
  • The commentator must know the whole of Aristotle in order that, having first proved that Aristotle is consistent with himself, he may expound Aristotle's works by means of Aristotle's works.
  • In most cases the parables of later Jewish teachers were used to illustrate or expound Scripture.
explain, interpret, explicate, elucidate;
comment on, give a commentary on


Middle English expoune (in the sense 'explain (what is difficult)'): from Old French espon-, present tense stem of espondre, from Latin exponere 'expose, publish, explain', from ex- 'out' + ponere 'put'. The origin of the final -d (recorded from the Middle English period) is uncertain (compare with compound1, propound).



Example sentences
  • Its expounders view the market-led development strategy as a means of achieving prosperity.
  • O'Gorman was one of the principal expounders of functionalist architecture in Mexico.
  • The most just exposition of the sacred texts, and relation of them to the issues and causes of the parish, gave the expounder a right to judge and to minister to spiritual needs.

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