verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of profess
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|Brandy Zadrozny|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To them, a politician is supposed to play it safe and profess as his goals only those things that are potentially attainable.
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|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
But will his poetic voice that you profess to love so much change now that his political voice has?
But note this; he had not, did not profess to have, definite convictions upon the most important of all truths.Modern Skepticism|C. J. Ellicott
Though they profess to despise theory, they are, in reality, enslaved by it.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
They do not profess to compete with the so-called cheap volumes.The Lieutenant and Commander|Basil Hall
You profess to consider me as having given you "an invitation."
Can you fully trust me, and thoroughly rely on what I profess, Esther?Bleak House|Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for profess
Word Origin for profess
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.