One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he professed his undying love for her’
declare, announce, proclaim, assert, state, affirm, avow, maintain, protest, aver, vow
2‘she thrived on the publicity she professed to loathe’
claim, pretend, purport, allege, make a pretence of, lay claim, make out that
informal let on that
3‘in 325 the Emperor himself professed Christianity’
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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