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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profess(verb)

    practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about

    "She professes organic chemistry"

  2. profess(verb)

    confess one's faith in, or allegiance to

    "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"

  3. concede, profess, confess(verb)

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    "She confessed that she had taken the money"

  4. profess(verb)

    state freely

    "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"

  5. profess(verb)

    receive into a religious order or congregation

  6. profess(verb)

    take vows, as in religious order

    "she professed herself as a nun"

  7. profess, pretend(verb)

    state insincerely

    "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"


  1. profess(Verb)

    To administer the vows of a religious order to (someone); to admit to a religious order. (Chiefly in passive.)

  2. profess(Verb)

    To declare oneself (to be something).

  3. profess(Verb)

    To declare; to assert, affirm.

  4. profess(Verb)

    To make a claim (to be something), to lay claim to (a given quality, feeling etc.), often with connotations of insincerity.

  5. profess(Verb)

    To declare one's adherence to (a religion, deity, principle etc.).

  6. profess(Verb)

    To work as a professor of; to teach.

  7. profess(Verb)

    To claim to have knowledge or understanding of (a given area of interest, subject matter).

  8. Origin: From professer, and its source, the participle stem of profiteri, from pro- + fateri.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profess(verb)

    to make open declaration of, as of one's knowledge, belief, action, etc.; to avow or acknowledge; to confess publicly; to own or admit freely

  2. Profess(verb)

    to set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of

  3. Profess(verb)

    to present to knowledge of, to proclaim one's self versed in; to make one's self a teacher or practitioner of, to set up as an authority respecting; to declare (one's self to be such); as, he professes surgery; to profess one's self a physician

  4. Profess(verb)

    to take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess

  5. Profess(verb)

    to declare friendship

  6. Origin: [F. profs, masc., professe, fem., professed (monk or nun), L. professus, p. p. of profiteri to profess; pro before, forward + fateri to confess, own. See Confess.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profess

    prō-fes′, v.t. to own freely: to make open declaration of: to declare in strong terms: to announce publicly one's skill in: to affirm one's belief in: (Spens.) to present the appearance of: (R.C.) to receive into a religious order by profession.—v.i. to enter publicly into a religious state: (Shak.) to pretend friendship.—adj. Professed′, openly declared: avowed: acknowledged.—adv. Profess′edly.—n. Profes′sion, the act of professing: open declaration: pretence: an employment not mechanical and requiring some degree of learning: calling or known employment: the collective body of persons engaged in any profession: entrance into a religious order.—adj. Profes′sional, pertaining to a profession: engaged in a profession: undertaken as a means of subsistence, as opposed to Amateur.n. one who makes his living by an art, as opposed to an amateur who practises it merely for pastime.—n. Profes′sionalism.—adv. Profes′sionally.—ns. Profess′or, one who professes: one who openly declares belief in certain doctrines: one who publicly practises or teaches any branch of knowledge: a public and authorised teacher in a university:—fem. Profess′oress; Profess′orate, Professō′riāte, the office of a professor or public teacher: his period of office: body of professors.—adj. Professō′rial.—adv. Professō′rially.—n. Profess′orship. [Fr. profès, professed, said of a member of a religious order—L. professus, perf. p. of profitēripro, publicly, fatēri, to confess.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profess in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of profess in a Sentence

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    He did not profess to anybody how to reach others without professing.

  2. Matthew Henry:

    Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel.”

  3. Corra Harris:

    The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Live out love, don't just profess it. For, true love ought to be more in actions and less in words.

  5. Norman Siegel:

    You would expect something like that from someone in government who didn’t profess to be for peaceful protests.

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