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 Perhaps the best reason to believe in Pitino’s professed commitment to Iona is that the New York college actively courted him at a time other schools regarded him as radioactive. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Iona his last stop, but he's still worth a call," 17 Mar. 2021 Niekum says the company’s treatment of Gebru and Mitchell, and their research, undermines the company’s professed interest in such discussions. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout," 16 Mar. 2021 The exclusion felt out of step with the professed values of the community. Los Angeles Times, "Thanks to Undocupoets, poets don’t need papers to be heard," 22 Feb. 2021 Abbott’s budget, which contains no recommendations on how much each department and agency should spend, is vague even on some of his professed priorities. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spices his budget proposal with talk of fighting vote fraud, defunding police," 5 Feb. 2021 Whether the proposals can draw any Republican support will provide an early test of Biden’s professed hope for bipartisanship. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: As Trump splits the GOP, leaders hesitate to choose sides," 15 Jan. 2021 Yet even with Bronner’s professed commitment to local news, the primary motive of the pension fund—to generate returns for workers and retirees—couldn’t and can’t be obscured. Rachel M. Cohen, The New Republic, "The Desperate Last Days of Local News," 14 Dec. 2020 What the Lincoln Project is doing is both a frontal assault on longstanding professed ideals of the legal profession and a tactic of personal harassment and intimidation that stands in clear violation of Twitter’s stated rules. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Lincoln Project’s Shameful Attack on the Legal Profession," 12 Nov. 2020 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

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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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20 Mar 2021

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“Professed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of professed

formal : openly said or declared

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