- to lay claim to, often insincerely; pretend to: He professed extreme regret.
- to declare openly; announce or affirm; avow or acknowledge: to profess one's satisfaction.
- to affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.).
- to declare oneself skilled or expert in; claim to have knowledge of; make (a thing) one's profession or business.
- to teach as a professor: She professes comparative literature.
- to receive or admit into a religious order.
- to make a profession, avowal, or declaration.
- to take the vows of a religious order.
Origin of profess
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Examples from the Web for profess
Then one daring, possibly planted, spectator interrupted the show to profess her crush.The Bachelor Farmville: No One Wants to Watch Chris Soules Plant His Seed
August 27, 2014
To them, a politician is supposed to play it safe and profess as his goals only those things that are potentially attainable.Obama’s 2024 Strategy
February 14, 2013
Those who profess to know him well, display dismay that he could have such an extraordinary lapse in discipline and control.Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot
November 15, 2012
Similarly, the thirty-nine framers at Philadelphia were allowed to profess their faith even in the public square.The Constitution and the Candidates: Race, Religion, Romney, and Ryan
Akhil Reed Amar
August 19, 2012
But will his poetic voice that you profess to love so much change now that his political voice has?Broadway's Comeback Kid
November 2, 2011
I cannot profess sorrow for that, nor irresolution in that, nor shame in that.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
In vain, dear Caroline, you urge me to think; I profess only to feel.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I conjure you by that which you profess, (how'er you come to know it,) answer me to what I ask you.
They wanted so much attending to, and she did not profess to open her house to them.The First Violin
Not that I profess to know anything either about Hegel or Schopenhauer.Cleo The Magnificent
- to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledgeto profess ignorance; to profess a belief in God
- (tr) to claim (something, such as a feeling or skill, or to be or do something), often insincerely or falselyto profess to be a skilled driver
- to receive or be received into a religious order, as by taking vows
Word Origin and History for profess
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.