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Definition 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"
  • 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
  • professing = openly stating
  • 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

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