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Definitionto claim (openly state) — sometimes insincerely
Much more rarely, profess can mean:
- to teach or be knowledgeable of — as in "profess chemistry"
- practice as a profession — as in "profess medicine"
- proclaim belief in or allegiance to — as in "profess Catholicism"
- She professed innocence but later admitted her guilt.
professed = claimed
- She professes not to be worried.
- Over half profess a belief in God.
- A lifetime of letters, letters professing my love, letters from my heart.Nicholas Sparks -- The Notebook
- she professed herself as a nun
- The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades
- The terrorists professed a desire to glorify God
- She professes organic chemistry
- he professes to be a Communist
- She professed herself delighted to be left at peace in Florence; she had locked up her apartment and sent her cook home to Palestrina.Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
- Not knowing the facts then, he did not profess to understand, and refrained from comment.Theodore Dreiser -- Sister Carrie
- But Duncan declined the charge, professing his readiness to serve as a volunteer by the side of the scout.James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
- To be professing his love for me onstage one minute and then thinking I was making out with Javi the next?Colleen Hoover -- Slammed
- We proclaim you Death, my mother, and profess your resurrection.Cassandra Clare -- City of Lost Souls
- And, in the name of our holy religion, and of that God whom we profess to worship in common, let there be no more bloodshed!James Fenimore Cooper -- The Pathfinder
- It did not seem that as professedly religious a man as Dave would suddenly be contemplating the blackmail business.Roger Zelazny -- My Name is Legion
- In this world Alvin was as much an angel as he was the Satan he professed to be.Ted Dekker -- BoneMan's Daughters
- Boxer professed not to be sorry for what had happened.George Orwell -- Animal Farm
- I was sure if he could talk, he would profess his humiliation and assure us that he had tried, really tried, to hold it in.John Grogan -- Marley & Me
- There were those who professed not to see the irony of their inaction.Don DeLillo -- White Noise
professing = openly stating