Definition of expound :
1. To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle.
2. To lay open; to expose to view; to examine.
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answer (part of speech: verb)
respond (part of speech: verb)
- On a rustic seat, near a rear door, white- haired old Sam is sitting, listening intently, while dusky Mug reads to him from the book of books, the one he prizes above all else, stopping occasionally to expound, in his own way, some point which he fancies may not be clear to her, likening every good man to " Massah Hugh," and every bad one to the leader of the " Suddern 'Federacy," whose horse he declares he held once in " ole Virginny," telling Mug, in an aside, " how, if 'twasn't wicked, nor agin' de scripter, he should most wish he'd put beech nuts under Massah Jeffres' saddle, and so broke his fetched neck, 'fore he raise sich a muss, runnin' calico so high that Miss Ellis 'clar she couldn't 'ford it, and axin' fifteen cents for a paltry spool of cotton." - "Bad Hugh", Mary Jane Holmes.
- What though we know its essence and its birth, Can quick expound, in philosophic wise, The how, and whence, and manner of its fall; Yet, oh, the inner beauty and the life- The life that is in snow! - "In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)", Harrison S. Morris.
- But it is a craven apology if we stoop to expound: we are seen as pleading our case before the public. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.