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profess

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verb pro·fess \prə-ˈfes, prō-\

Simple Definition of profess

  • : to say or declare (something) openly

  • : to say that you are, do, or feel something when other people doubt what you say

  • : to believe in (a particular religion)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of profess

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to receive formally into a religious community following a novitiate by acceptance of the required vows

  3. 2 a :  to declare or admit openly or freely :  affirm b :  to declare in words or appearances only :  pretend, claim

  4. 3 :  to confess one's faith in or allegiance to

  5. 4 a :  to practice or claim to be versed in (a calling or profession) b :  to teach as a professor

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make a profession or avowal

  8. 2 obsolete :  to profess friendship

Examples of profess in a sentence

  1. He professes confidence in his friend.

  2. They profess loyalty to the king.



Origin of profess

in sense 1, from Middle English, from profes, adjective, having professed one's vows, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin professus, from Latin, past participle of profitēri to profess, confess, from pro- before + fatēri to acknowledge; in other senses, from Latin professus, past participle — more at confess


First Known Use: 14th century


PROFESS Defined for Kids

profess

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verb pro·fess \prə-ˈfes\

Definition of profess for Students

professedprofessing

  1. 1 :  to declare openly <He professed his love.>

  2. 2 :  pretend 2 <She professed to be my friend.>





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