To them, a politician is supposed to play it safe and profess as his goals only those things that are potentially attainable.
Similarly, the thirty-nine framers at Philadelphia were allowed to profess their faith even in the public square.
Publicly, friends of the couple just shrug and profess to be thrilled.
But will his poetic voice that you profess to love so much change now that his political voice has?
Those who profess to know him well, display dismay that he could have such an extraordinary lapse in discipline and control.
They do not profess Mohammedanism and have implicit confidence in their "grigris."
As he intended to profess the common law, he, took no degree.
The class of diviners called Ichiko profess to give tidings of the dead, or of those who have gone to distant countries.
Its members, as may be guessed, profess the strongest form of Nationalism.
They profess the Lutheran doctrine of justification, but reject the notion of the invisible Church and the universal priesthood.
early 14c., "to take a vow" (in a religious order), a back-formation from profession or else from Old French profes, from Medieval Latin professus "avowed," literally "having declared publicly," past participle of Latin profiteri "declare openly, testify voluntarily, acknowledge, make public statement of," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fateri (past participle fassus) "acknowledge, confess," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)). Meaning "declare openly" first recorded 1520s, "a direct borrowing of the sense from Latin" [Barnhart]. Related: Professed; professing.