- 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 of professME professen < profes, professed < L professus to accept into a religious order
Origin of profess; from Classical Latin professus, past participle of profiteri, to avow publicly ; from pro-, before (see pro-) + fateri, to avow, akin to fari, to speak: see fable
- to make profession, or affirmation
- to make one's profession (sense )
verbpro·fessed, pro·fess·ing, pro·fess·es
- 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).
- To practice as a profession or claim knowledge of: profess medicine.
- 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 of professMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present professes, present participle professing, simple past and past participle professed)
- To administer the vows of a religious order to (someone); to admit to a religious order. (Chiefly in passive.) [from 14th c.]
- (reflexive) To declare oneself (to be something). [from 16th c.]
- (intransitive) To declare; to assert, affirm. [from 16th c.]
- To make a claim (to be something), to lay claim to (a given quality, feeling etc.), often with connotations of insincerity. [from 16th c.]
- To declare one's adherence to (a religion, deity, principle etc.). [from 16th c.]
- To work as a professor of; to teach. [from 16th c.]
- (now rare) To claim to have knowledge or understanding of (a given area of interest, subject matter). [from 16th c.]