[ pruh-fest ]
/ prəˈfɛst /


avowed; acknowledged.
professing to be qualified; professional, rather than amateur.
having taken the vows of, or been received into, a religious order.
alleged; pretended.

Nearby words

  1. profascist,
  2. profeminist,
  3. profer,
  4. profert,
  5. profess,
  6. professedly,
  7. profession,
  8. professional,
  9. professional association,
  10. professional corporation

Origin of professed

1300–50; Middle English (in religious sense) < Medieval Latin profess(us) (special use of Latin professus, past participle of profitērī to declare publicly, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -fet-, combining form of fatērī to acknowledge + -tus past participle suffix, with tt > ss) + -ed2

Related formshalf-pro·fessed, adjectivenon·pro·fessed, adjectiveself-pro·fessed, adjectiveun·pro·fessed, adjective


[ 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.

Origin of profess

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

Related formspre·pro·fess, verb (used with object)un·pro·fess·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for professed

British Dictionary definitions for professed


/ (prəˈfɛst) /

adjective (prenominal)

avowed or acknowledged
alleged or pretended
professing to be qualified asa professed philosopher
having taken vows of a religious order
Derived Formsprofessedly (prəˈfɛsɪdlɪ), adverb


/ (prəˈfɛs) /


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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for professed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper