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
Recent Examples on the Web And Joe Biden is a professed Catholic who will selectively quote Pope John Paul II. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Cardinal Tobin Doesn’t Help When He Criticizes Voting for Donald Trump," 17 Sep. 2020 Over time, Douglass came to see the futility of moral suasion and the usefulness of turning the professed ideals of the Constitution to his purposes. Jabari Asim, The New Republic, "The Douglass Republic," 14 Aug. 2020 According to a recent Twitter post from professed Apple news leaker @komiya_kj, prices look to be higher with a new 5.4-inch iPhone 12 expected to start at $699 – the same starting price as 2019’s 6.1-inch iPhone 11, despite the smaller display. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Rumors are swirling online about the upcoming Apple iPhone 12 models," 1 Aug. 2020 Is that a way to get us to almost pity him for his professed inadequacies as a husband and father? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'#blackAF': TV Review," 16 Apr. 2020 Beth previously worked in a department of self-professed workaholics. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Stop worrying about whether co-worker is judging your hours," 20 Feb. 2020 However, despite their professed interest in the formal conventions of propaganda posters, Bianchi and Drapic conspicuously fail to address the persuasive power of architecture itself. Lucy Tiven, Washington Post, "A rare glimpse of North Korea," 4 Dec. 2019 Two other professed unity candidates, Mr. Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, performed well in New Hampshire but have shown little capacity to resonate with nonwhite voters so far. New York Times, "Who Won in New Hampshire? Not the Establishment," 11 Feb. 2020 But despite Democrats’ professed sense of urgency in pushing through the articles along party lines, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the charges over to the Senate for weeks. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Trump impeachment, day 2 | Opening arguments begin Tuesday," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of professed

circa 1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Sep 2020

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“Professed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of professed

formal : openly said or declared

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