pro·​fessed | \ prə-ˈfest How to pronounce professed (audio) , prō-\

Definition of professed

1 : openly and freely declared or acknowledged : affirmed
2 : professing to be qualified also : expert

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Examples of professed in a Sentence

He is a professed enemy of the king. a professed analyst of American presidential politics

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These efforts should not represent a revolution, but merely a reset for Hollywood, whose professed opinions on inclusion often do not match their practices. Stacy L. Smith, Time, "Hollywood Has the Power to Combat Damaging Stereotypes About Latinos. Here's Proof That It's Utterly Failing," 27 Aug. 2019 Klickstein, 37, is a self-professed pop culture historian who’s spent his career, well, mining nostalgia for cash. Julie Kliegman, Washington Post, "Mathew Klickstein has made a career out of nostalgia. Now he’s satirizing our yearning for the past.," 14 Aug. 2019 The candidates raised the bar, too—both in their prioritization of the climate emergency, and in their professed understanding of its complexities. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Climate Change Is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserved 20 Years Ago," 1 Aug. 2019 As one Vulture writer found out the hard way, Witherspoon’s self-professed lifestyle seems like something only a Martha Stewart-Tasmanian Devil hybrid could keep up. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019 The honorable and more effective way for the author to accomplish his professed goal would have been to have kept working quietly inside the Administration, or resign and speak on the record. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Anonymous Resistance," 6 Sep. 2018 McCaskill pounded Hawley over the callousness of the effort throughout the campaign, forcing him to respond weeks before the election with a TV ad that used his young son’s unnamed chronic condition as a prop for his professed compassion. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 25 July 2019 Stewart is a graduate of Harvard, Yale and Oxford universities and a professed Benedictine monk of St. John’s Abbey since 1981. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019 Abe’s electoral victory came despite his struggles to accomplish his other professed goals, including turbocharging the economy, raising the country’s sluggish birthrate, or drastically increasing the proportion of women in management and politics. Motoko Rich,, "Shinzo Abe’s party headed to victory in Japan elections, securing his place in history," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of professed

circa 1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of professed was circa 1524

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English Language Learners Definition of professed

formal : openly said or declared

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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