- 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 professing
She writes of being “ashamed” of disavowing feminism, professing ignorance of its meaning and mission.Roxane Gay: Not Such a 'Bad Feminist' After All
August 12, 2014
Marco Rubio did his best Barack Obama impression Thursday, professing his profound belief in the American Dream.WATCH VIDEO: Must-See Moments from the Republican National Convention
The Daily Beast Video
August 31, 2012
But this handsome, media-friendly president is constantly discoursing and professing.Is Obama Anti-American?
September 21, 2010
I am afraid of what you people can create,” professing concern “that some nut is going to be stirred up.The Haunted CEO
Allan Dodds Frank
July 18, 2010
If a man 'will' make a book, professing to discuss a single question, an encyclopaedia, I cannot help it.
Critias returns to his story, professing only to repeat what Solon was told by the priests.Critias
He departed, professing over and over again his deathless gratitude.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
So Jim wrote, professing to find material gain in the affair.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Lefever, professing he would not drink alone, called for cigarettes.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
- 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 professing
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.