Definition of profess
1 : to receive formally into a religious community following a novitiate by acceptance of the required vows
3 : to confess one's faith in or allegiance to
1 : to make a profession or avowal
2 obsolete : to profess friendship
Examples of profess in a Sentence
He professes confidence in his friend.
They profess loyalty to the king.
Recent Examples of profess from the Web
That’s why another six months of Trump’s approach to Guantanamo will, whatever his rhetoric professes, leave the country less safe—not more.
Curt Barrentine is a financial services executive and self-professed geek who uses several Echos as well as a Google Home device at his house and has installed an Amazon Echo Show (which adds a screen to the Echo speaker) for an elderly relative.
A week after the brazen slaying of designer Gianni Versace, authorities continue to publicly profess the belief Cunanan remains in South Florida.
One of Matt Grodsky's earliest memories is standing up in front of his preschool class and professing his deep, undying love — and his intent to be married — to his best friend, Laura Scheel.
The government's professed motive is to make the academy's work more efficient.
Ives, who professes never to have even heard of GQ until meeting Weber, was equally blown away by the magazine’s power.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day – the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be perfect for their games – spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day — the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be perfect for their games — spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PROFESS Defined for English Language Learners
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)
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