- To profess is to declare something, often out loud.
- An example of to profess is to tell someone you’ve loved them for many years.
- An example of to profess is tell a group that you’ve found religion.
- to make an open declaration of; affirm: to profess one's love
- to claim to have (some feeling, an interest, knowledge, etc.): often connoting insincerity or pretense
- to practice as one's profession
- to declare one's belief in: to profess Christianity
Origin: ME professen < profes, professed < L professusto accept into a religious order
Origin: from Classical Latin professus, past participle of profiteri, to avow publicly from pro-, before (see pro-) plush fateri, to avow, akin to fari, to speak: see fable
- to make profession, or affirmation
- to make one's profession (sense )
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verb pro·fessed, pro·fess·ing, pro·fess·es verb, transitive
- To affirm openly; declare or claim: “a physics major [who] professes to be a stickler when it comes to data” (Gina Maranto).
- To make a pretense of; pretend: “top officials who were deeply involved with the arms sales but later professed ignorance of them” (David Johnston).
- a. To practice as a profession or claim knowledge of: profess medicine.b. To teach (a subject) as a professor: profess literature.
- To affirm belief in: profess Catholicism.
- To receive into a religious order or congregation.
- To make an open affirmation.
- To take the vows of a religious order or congregation.
Origin: Middle English professen, to take vows, from Old French profes, that has taken a religious vow (from Medieval Latin professus, avowed) and from Medieval Latin professāre, to administer a vow, both from Latin professus, past participle of profitērī, to affirm openly : pro-, forth; see pro-1 + fatērī, to acknowledge; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
- pro·fessˈed·ly adverb