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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The distillery has released a single malt whiskey made in collaboration with Sutherland, a professed whiskey aficionado. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Chef Justin Sutherland gets his own signature whiskey from Tattersall," 18 June 2019 Study after study shows that despite our professed unease, humans bond pretty readily with robots. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 As a result, many critics on the left dismissed Flake’s concerns about Trump as inconsequential posturing — and expected his professed openness to hearing out Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations about Brett Kavanaugh would be more of the same. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Jeff Flake’s Brett Kavanaugh delay, and difficult history with Trump, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 Hermanus Whale Cruises Hermanus is the self-professed whale-watching capital of the world, and there's a huge industry built around the marine mammals. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 For all of its professed solidarity with the oppressed of the world, the IRI curriculum consistently places Iran before any universal project of Islamic unity. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Second, authorities should make a regular practice of revisiting mergers a few years down the road to see if the professed claims actually were realized. David Lazarus,, "When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face," 10 July 2018 In short, the goal was to reduce the workforce even more than was happening already, for the professed purpose of protecting American jobs. George Melloan, WSJ, "Social Security Needs Immigrants," 14 June 2018 Part of that attitudinal shift is visible in The Rwanda Dog Lovers Club, a digital community of self-professed dog owners and aficionados who spend their days swapping stories and advice on the messaging platform WhatsApp. Yana Paskova, National Geographic, "Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali," 29 June 2018

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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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