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Definition of profess verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they profess
    he / she / it professes
    past simple professed
    -ing form professing
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  1. 1to claim that something is true or correct, especially when it is not profess something She still professes her innocence. profess to be/have something I don't profess to be an expert on this subject.
  2. 2to state openly that you have a particular belief, feeling, etc. synonym declare profess something He professed his admiration for their work. profess yourself + adj. She professed herself satisfied with the progress so far.
  3. 3profess something to belong to a particular religion to profess Christianity/Islam/Judaism
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