profess

verb pro·fess \ prə-ˈfes , prō- \

Definition of profess

transitive verb
1 :to receive formally into a religious community following a novitiate by acceptance of the required vows
2 a :to declare or admit openly or freely :affirm
b :to declare in words or appearances only :pretend, claim
3 :to confess one's faith in or allegiance to
4 a :to practice or claim to be versed in (a calling or profession)
b :to teach as a professor
intransitive verb
1 :to make a profession or avowal
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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


PROFESS Defined for English Language Learners

profess

verb

Definition of profess for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


PROFESS Defined for Kids

profess

verb pro·fess \ prə-ˈfes \

Definition of profess for Students

professed; professing
1 :to declare openly
  • He professed his love.
2 :pretend 2
  • She professed to be my friend.


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