Definition of profess in English:

profess

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Claim, often falsely, that one has (a quality or feeling):

    ‘he had professed his love for her only to walk away’
    [with infinitive] ‘I don't profess to be an expert’
    [with complement] ‘he professed himself amazed at the boy's ability’
    • ‘Ask him about it, though, and he still professes amazement that he was even allowed on to the stage.’
    • ‘Katia, who often professes her strong feelings for David and calls him ‘my love,’ is gradually coded as the romantic of the couple with near-manic depressive outbursts of sudden weeping, laughing, and anger.’
    • ‘Haslam professes an enthusiasm for lots of stuff all the time, and that's certainly been a keynote of Schvedtar's tenure on Edmonton stages.’
    • ‘In the television show, Homer responds by ineptly professing his love for Marge, who later goes to him at the nuclear power plant where he works.’
    • ‘He also wrote her long letters professing his undying love.’
    • ‘Not a day went by that she did not wish to go back in time to deny Nelson, and profess her true feelings.’
    • ‘They talked far more to the media, sponsors and loved ones - professing eternal devotion - than to each other (clocking up 5000 minutes on the phone).’
    • ‘Carr often professes admiration for the sage detachment of the ancient Roman emperor-philosopher Marcus Aurelius.’
    • ‘Lauren Bacall stars as Lucy, about to marry Kyle when Rock Hudson's Mitch professes his undying love.’
    • ‘Pupils at Paxcroft Primary School are preparing to send and receive cards in the run-up to Saturday, when thousands of people across west Wiltshire will profess their true feelings to loved ones.’
    • ‘She can smell them out at 100 paces - even if they appear initially to be bearing roses and professing undying love.’
    • ‘Whenever hurt feelings are professed, there is also a prepared story that ‘gives reason’ for the assumption of political emotion.’
    • ‘Raikkonen still professes confidence in his team, but admits that testing has proved problematic.’
    • ‘Acknowledging that professing a liking for ska can be a rock band's death wish, O'Dell stands by their tastes.’
    • ‘After that very day, where they professed their feelings for each other, Matthew and I spent almost all of all time together, alone.’
    • ‘So the object of my desires has just professed her true feelings for me, what now?’
    • ‘Anyhow, Ross is onscreen now, professing his love for Rachel, although she's in another room.’
    • ‘Throughout the years consumers have professed their lifelong love of America's number one mustard.’
    • ‘I don't pretend to profess great grief (and it's nobody's business if I feel it anyway), but it feels disrespectful not to mark it and also pleasing to have the opportunity to do so.’
    • ‘He died as a tyrant should, surrounded by people professing their love and loyalty and all wishing him dead.’
    claim, pretend, purport, allege, make a pretence of, lay claim, make out that
    declare, announce, proclaim, assert, state, affirm, avow, maintain, protest, aver, vow
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    1. 1.1archaic Have or claim knowledge or skill in (a subject or accomplishment):
      ‘though knowing little of the arts I professed, he proved a natural adept’
  • 2Affirm one's faith in or allegiance to (a religion or set of beliefs):

    ‘a people professing Christianity’
    • ‘Do I mean everybody who professes an orthodox creed, and bows his head at the belief?’
    • ‘This is precisely because it is a multi-religious country with substantial segments of the population professing various religions like Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism.’
    • ‘In the Antilles, the masters, from father to son, have been professing the Christian religion ever since slavery was established there.’
    • ‘It is not a matter of belonging to a religion or professing one's faith, it is a matter of orientation in life and participation in its mysteries.’
    • ‘More than one-third of the people profess no religion.’
    • ‘This mass migration has brought peoples professing various religions to live in areas where those religions have not been known widely.’
    • ‘It starts to dawn on you that the only reason you profess the religion you do is because of the influence of your parents and your upbringing.’
    • ‘Then there is the major dichotomy between those who practice and profess any religion and those who are just born into them.’
    • ‘Article 18 protects theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess any religion or belief.’
    • ‘Alanon does not profess a religion, nor is it organized as a group.’
    affirm one's faith in, state one's faith in, affirm one's allegiance to, make a public declaration of, declare publicly, avow, confess, acknowledge publicly
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    1. 2.1be professed Be received into a religious order under vows:
      ‘she entered St Margaret's Convent, and was professed in 1943’
      • ‘His baptismal name was Tadhg, but when he was professed in Louvain as a Franciscan lay brother, he took the name of Míchéal.’
      • ‘He was professed in 1965 in the Capuchin Order, a religious order dedicated to following the traditions of St. Francis of Assisi.’
      • ‘She entered the religious life in Tasmania in January 1935 and was professed on February 2 1938.’
      • ‘She entered the Order in 1964 and was professed in April of 1967.’
  • 3humorous, archaic Teach (a subject) as a professor:

    ‘a professor—what does he profess?’
    • ‘He earned his doctorate in Roman history at the Sorbonne, and has professed that subject for many years at the University of Paris.’
    • ‘Foolish us with our medieval notions of professors professing away, surrounded by their students, all engaged in an effort to understand the world we live in and change it for the better.’
    • ‘While Schama professes history at Columbia University, he was born in London, was educated at Cambridge, used to teach at Oxford, and has a long-term deal with the BBC.’

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.

Pronunciation:

profess

/prəˈfɛs/