AskDefine | Define expound

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1 add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation" [syn: elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, dilate] [ant: abridge]
2 state; "set forth one's reasons" [syn: set forth, exposit]

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  • /ɪkˈspaʊnd/, /Ik"spaUnd/
  • Rhymes: -aʊnd


  1. To lay open; to expose to view; to examine.
  2. To lay open the meaning of; to explain or discuss at length; to clear of obscurity; to interpret.
    The role of some religious leaders is to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle.


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account for, allegorize, clarify, clear up, comment, construe, crack, decipher, delineate, demonstrate, demythologize, describe, discourse, elucidate, enlighten, euhemerize, exemplify, explain, explain away, explicate, exposit, express, give reason for, give the meaning, harangue, hold forth, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, lecture, make clear, make plain, moralize, point a moral, popularize, preach, present, rationalize, read a lesson, sermonize, shed light upon, show, show how, show the way, simplify, solve, spell out, state, throw light upon, unfold, unlock, unravel
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