profess

[ pruh-fes ]
/ prəˈfɛs /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a profession, avowal, or declaration.
to take the vows of a religious order.

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Origin of profess

1400–50; late Middle English; back formation from professed

OTHER WORDS FROM profess

pre·pro·fess, verb (used with object)un·pro·fess·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for profess

profess
/ (prəˈfɛs) /

verb

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 for profess

C14: from Latin prōfitērī to confess openly, from pro- 1 + fatērī to confess
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