Profess Definition

prə-fĕs, prō-
professed, professes, professing
professed, professes, professing
To make an open declaration of; affirm.
To profess one's love.
Webster's New World
To make a pretense of; pretend.
American Heritage

To make one's profession.

Webster's New World
To claim to have (some feeling, an interest, knowledge, etc.)
Webster's New World
To practice as one's profession.
Webster's New World

Origin of Profess

  • 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 pro–1 fatērī to acknowledge bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman professer, and its source, the participle stem of Latin profitÄ“rÄ«, from pro- + fatÄ“rÄ« (“to confess, acknowledge").

    From Wiktionary

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