espouse vs follow what difference

what is difference between espouse and follow

English

Etymology

From Middle English espousen, borrowed from Old French espouser, from Latin spōnsāre, present active infinitive of spōnsō (frequentative of spondeō), from Proto-Indo-European *spend-.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈspaʊz/, IPA(key): /ɪˈspaʊs/
  • Rhymes: -aʊz, -aʊs

Verb

espouse (third-person singular simple present espouses, present participle espousing, simple past and past participle espoused)

  1. (transitive) To become/get married to.
  2. (transitive) To accept, support, or take on as one’s own (an idea or a cause).
    • 1998, William Croft, Event Structure in Argument Linking, in: Miriam Butt and Wilhelm Geuder, eds., “The Projection of Arguments”, p. 37
      Although Dowty’s proposal is attractive from the point of view of the alternative argument linking theory that I am espousing, since it eschews the use of thematic roles and thematic role hierarchies, […], but it still has some drawbacks.

Related terms

  • espousal
  • sponsor
  • spouse

Translations

Anagrams

  • poseuse


English

Etymology

From Middle English folwen, folȝen, folgen, from Old English folgian (to follow, pursue), from Proto-West Germanic *folgēn, from Proto-Germanic *fulgāną (to follow).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɒləʊ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɑloʊ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒləʊ
  • Hyphenation: fol‧low

Verb

follow (third-person singular simple present follows, present participle following, simple past and past participle followed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To go after; to pursue; to move behind in the same path or direction.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To go or come after in a sequence.
    We both ordered the soup, with roast beef to follow.
  3. (transitive) To carry out (orders, instructions, etc.).
  4. (transitive) To live one’s life according to (religion, teachings, etc).
  5. (transitive) To understand, to pay attention to.
  6. (transitive) To watch, to keep track of (reports of) some event or person.
  7. (Internet, transitive) To subscribe to see content from an account on a social media platform.
  8. (transitive, intransitive) To be a logical consequence of something.
  9. (transitive) To walk in, as a road or course; to attend upon closely, as a profession or calling.

Synonyms

  • (go after in a physical space): trail, tail
  • (in a sequence): succeed; see also Thesaurus:succeed
  • (carry out): pursue
  • (be a consequence): ensue

Antonyms

  • (go after in a physical space): guide, lead
  • (go after in a sequence): precede; see also Thesaurus:precede
  • unfollow

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

See also

  • chase (verb)

Noun

follow (plural follows)

  1. (sometimes attributive) In billiards and similar games, a stroke causing a ball to follow another ball after hitting it.
    a follow shot
  2. (Internet) The act of following another user’s online activity.
    • 2012, Brett Petersel, ‎Esther Schindler, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Twitter Marketing
      It doesn’t take too many follows to become overwhelmed with the deluge of content on Twitter.

Anagrams

  • Wollof

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