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Definition of profess verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    profess

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈfes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfes//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they profess
    BrE BrE//prəˈfes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfes//
     
    he / she / it professes
    BrE BrE//prəˈfesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfesɪz//
     
    past simple professed
    BrE BrE//prəˈfest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfest//
     
    past participle professed
    BrE BrE//prəˈfest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfest//
     
    -ing form professing
    BrE BrE//prəˈfesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfesɪŋ//
     
    Dishonest
     
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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 in this subject. See related entries: Dishonest
  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. 3 profess something to belong to a particular religion to profess Christianity/Islam/Judaism
  4. Word Origin Middle English (as be professed ‘be received into a religious order’): from Latin profess- ‘declared publicly’, from the verb profiteri, from pro- ‘before’ + fateri ‘confess’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: profess