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pro·fess

 (prə-fĕs′, prō-)
v. pro·fessed, pro·fess·ing, pro·fess·es
v.tr.
1. To affirm openly; declare or claim: "a physics major [who] professes to be a stickler when it comes to data" (Gina Maranto).
2. To make a pretense of; pretend: "top officials who were deeply involved with the arms sales but later professed ignorance of them" (David Johnston).
3. To practice as a profession or claim knowledge of: profess medicine.
4. To affirm belief in: profess Catholicism.
5. To receive into a religious order or congregation.
v.intr.
1. To make an open affirmation.
2. To take the vows of a religious order or congregation.

[Middle English professen, to take vows, from Old French profes, that has taken a religious vow (from Medieval Latin professus, avowed) and from Medieval Latin professāre, to administer a vow, both from Latin professus, past participle of profitērī, to affirm openly : pro-, forth; see pro-1 + fatērī, to acknowledge; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·fess′ed·ly (-fĕs′ĭd-lē) adv.

profess

(prəˈfɛs)
vb
1. to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledge: to profess ignorance; to profess a belief in God.
2. (tr) to claim (something, such as a feeling or skill, or to be or do something), often insincerely or falsely: to profess to be a skilled driver.
3. (Roman Catholic Church) to receive or be received into a religious order, as by taking vows
[C14: from Latin prōfitērī to confess openly, from pro-1 + fatērī to confess]

pro•fess

(prəˈfɛs)

v.t.
1. to lay claim to, often insincerely; pretend to: He professed regret.
2. to declare openly; announce or affirm: to profess one's satisfaction.
3. to affirm one's faith in (a religion, God, etc.).
4. to declare oneself skilled or expert in; claim to have good knowledge of.
5. to receive into a religious order.
v.i.
6. to make a profession, avowal, or declaration.
7. to take the vows of a religious order.
[1400–50; back formation from professed]

profess


Past participle: professed
Gerund: professing

Imperative
profess
profess
Present
I profess
you profess
he/she/it professes
we profess
you profess
they profess
Preterite
I professed
you professed
he/she/it professed
we professed
you professed
they professed
Present Continuous
I am professing
you are professing
he/she/it is professing
we are professing
you are professing
they are professing
Present Perfect
I have professed
you have professed
he/she/it has professed
we have professed
you have professed
they have professed
Past Continuous
I was professing
you were professing
he/she/it was professing
we were professing
you were professing
they were professing
Past Perfect
I had professed
you had professed
he/she/it had professed
we had professed
you had professed
they had professed
Future
I will profess
you will profess
he/she/it will profess
we will profess
you will profess
they will profess
Future Perfect
I will have professed
you will have professed
he/she/it will have professed
we will have professed
you will have professed
they will have professed
Future Continuous
I will be professing
you will be professing
he/she/it will be professing
we will be professing
you will be professing
they will be professing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been professing
you have been professing
he/she/it has been professing
we have been professing
you have been professing
they have been professing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been professing
you will have been professing
he/she/it will have been professing
we will have been professing
you will have been professing
they will have been professing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been professing
you had been professing
he/she/it had been professing
we had been professing
you had been professing
they had been professing
Conditional
I would profess
you would profess
he/she/it would profess
we would profess
you would profess
they would profess
Past Conditional
I would have professed
you would have professed
he/she/it would have professed
we would have professed
you would have professed
they would have professed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.profess - practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about; "She professes organic chemistry"
claim - assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He claimed that he killed the burglar"
2.profess - confess one's faith in, or allegiance to; "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
3.profess - admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken the money"
acknowledge, admit - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
fess up, make a clean breast of, own up - admit or acknowledge a wrongdoing or error; "the writer of the anonymous letter owned up after they identified his handwriting"
4.profess - state freely; "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
5.profess - receive into a religious order or congregation
profess - take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a nun"
admit, take on, accept, take - admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
6.profess - take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a nun"
vow - make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
take the veil - become a nun; "The young woman took the veil after her fiance died"
profess - receive into a religious order or congregation
7.profess - 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"
claim - assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He claimed that he killed the burglar"

profess

verb
1. claim, allege, pretend, fake, make out, sham, purport, feign, act as if, let on, dissemble `I don't know,' he replied, professing innocence.
2. state, admit, announce, maintain, own, confirm, declare, acknowledge, confess, assert, proclaim, affirm, certify, avow, vouch, aver, asseverate He professed that he was content with the arrangements.

profess

verb
To claim or allege insincerely or falsely:
Translations
يَدَّعييُعْلِن
předstíratprohlásitvyznat se
erklæreforegivehævde
lÿsa yfiròykjast
atvirai pareikštiatvirai skelbtiprofesiją turintys asmenysprofesionalasprofesionaliai
atklāti paziņot/atzītuzdoties par
açıkça söylemekiddia etmek

profess

[prəˈfes] VT
1. (Rel) [+ faith, religion] → profesar
2. (= state) [+ innocence] → declarar; [+ regret, surprise] → manifestar; [+ ignorance] → confesar
he professes a belief in the equality of womense precia or presume de creer en la igualdad de las mujeres
3. (= claim) → pretender
I do not profess to be an expertno pretendo ser experto
he professes to be 25dice or afirma tener 25 años
he professes to know all about itafirma estar enterado de ello
to profess o.s. satisfieddeclararse satisfecho
to profess o.s. unable to do sthdeclararse incapaz de hacer algo

profess

[prəˈfɛs] vt
(= claim) → prétendre
to profess to be sth → prétendre être qch
I do not profess to be an expert → Je ne prétends pas être spécialiste.
to profess ignorance of sth → prétendre ignorer qch
(= express) [+ feeling] → professer

profess

vt
faith, belief etcsich bekennen zu
(= claim to have) interest, enthusiasm, distastebekunden; belief, disbeliefkundtun; weakness, ignorancezugeben; to profess to love somebody/somethingseine Liebe zu jdm/etw bekennen; to profess to hate somebody/somethingsich dazu bekennen, jdn/etw zu hassen; she professes to be 25/a good driversie behauptet, 25/eine gute Fahrerin zu sein; I don’t profess to …ich behaupte nicht, zu …
vr to profess oneself satisfiedseine Zufriedenheit bekunden (→ with über +acc); the judge professed himself satisfied that this was soder Richter fand den Sachverhalt als hinlänglich erwiesen; to profess oneself unable/willing to do somethingsich außerstande or außer Stande sehen/sich bereit erklären, etw zu tun

profess

[prəˈfɛs] vt
a. (faith, belief) → professare
b. (claim) → dichiarare
he professes extreme regret → si dichiara molto dispiaciuto
I do not profess to be an expert → non pretendo di essere un esperto

profess

(prəˈfes) verb
1. to state or declare openly.
2. to claim or pretend. He professed to be an expert.
proˈfession (-ʃən) noun
1. an occupation or job that needs special knowledge, eg medicine, law, teaching, engineering etc.
2. the people who have such an occupation. the legal profession.
3. an open statement or declaration.
proˈfessional (-ʃə-) adjective
(negative unprofessional).
1. of a profession. professional skill.
2. of a very high standard. a very professional performance.
3. earning money by performing, or giving instruction, in a sport or other activity that is a pastime for other people; not amateur. a professional musician/golfer.
noun
(abbreviation pro (prou) ) a person who is professional. a golf professional/pro.
proˈfessionally adverb
References in classic literature ?
MI profess I have never seen the like since my days of vanity, in old King James's time, when I was wont to esteem it a high favour to be admitted to a court mask
I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won.
Well, then," cried Lucas, "and why should Jesus have nothing to do with his church--why should his words and his life be of no authority among those who profess to adore him?
My view of Christianity is such," he added, "that I think no man can consistently profess it without throwing the whole weight of his being against this monstrous system of injustice that lies at the foundation of all our society; and, if need be, sacrificing himself in the battle.
I am convinced," said Edward, "that you really feel all the delight in a fine prospect which you profess to feel.
They appear to me to be three human superfluities in dirty jackets and noisy boots; and, unless they clear themselves off the community by running away, I don't myself profess to see what is to be done with them.
It is not easy to forbear reflecting with how little reason these men profess themselves the followers of Jesus, who left this great characteristic to His disciples, that they should be known by loving one another, by universal and unbounded charity and benevolence.
All profess to be content in the Union if all Constitutional rights can be maintained.
As to the other sciences, inasmuch as these borrow their principles from philosophy, I judged that no solid superstructures could be reared on foundations so infirm; and neither the honor nor the gain held out by them was sufficient to determine me to their cultivation: for I was not, thank Heaven, in a condition which compelled me to make merchandise of science for the bettering of my fortune; and though I might not profess to scorn glory as a cynic, I yet made very slight account of that honor which I hoped to acquire only through fictitious titles.
You profess to see, whereas you can see nothing but a Point
Society has claims on us all; and I profess myself one of hose who consider intervals of recreation and amusement as desirable for everybody.
Therefore always, when thou changest thine opinion or course, profess it plainly, and declare it, together with the reasons that move thee to change; and do not think to steal it.