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espouse
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
take up a cause, theory, or other idea
  • But if Dorothea did choose to espouse her solitude, he felt that the resolution would well become her.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (16% in)
  • She had never thought that any man could love her except Fred, who had espoused her with the umbrella ring, when she wore socks and little strapped shoes; still less that she could be of any importance to Mr. Farebrother, the cleverest man in her narrow circle.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (86% in)
  • Who would not, when there was the pretext of casting disgrace upon him, confound his whole life and the truths he had espoused, in one heap of obloquy?
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (94% in)
  • She knew, when she locked her door, that she should unlock it ready to go down to her unhappy husband and espouse his sorrow, and say of his guilt, I will mourn and not reproach.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (19% in)

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