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espouse (verb) support (a policy, belief, cause, etc).
When you espouse women’s rights, You give your active support to it, and even fight for it. You espouse the cause of the underprivileged, if you support the cause. A person who espouses the underdeveloped nations champions their cause.
- Abraham Lincoln espoused the cause of the abolition of slavery and paid for it dearly with his life.
- Martin Luther King Jr. espoused the abolition of segregation and succeeded in his attempt by using the weapon of passive resistance.