1 practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about; "She professes organic chemistry"
2 confess one's faith in, or allegiance to; "The terrorists professed allegiance to the Muslim faith"; "he professes to be a Communist"
3 admit, make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money" [syn: concede, confess]
4 state freely; "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
5 receive into a religious order or congregation
6 take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a nun"
7 state insincerely; "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine" [syn: pretend]
- Rhymes: -ɛs
- To make open declaration of, as of one's knowledge, belief, action, etc.; to avow or acknowledge; to confess publicly; to own or admit freely.
- To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.
- To present to knowledge of, to proclaim one's self versed in; to make one's self a teacher or practitioner of, to set up as an authority respecting; to declare (one's self to be such); as, he professes surgery; to profess one's self a physician.
- To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
- To declare friendship.
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