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
Many in the student movement profess nonviolence, but Ortega sees it differently.
That form of nostalgia is taboo for anybody who professes attachment to Republican values.
And where Messier embraced the role of visionary, Diller professes embarrassment that people would actually call him such a thing.
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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
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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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