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Multiple Meanings
profess

She professed innocence but later admitted her guilt.
to 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"
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