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espouse

verb [T] uk   /esˈpaʊz/ formal us  
to become involved with or support an activity or opinion: Vegetarianism is one cause she does not espouse.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
espousal
noun [S or U] uk   /-ˈpaʊ.zəl/ us  
Espousal of such liberal ideas won't make her very popular around here.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
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