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 (prə-fĕs′, prō-)
v. pro·fessed, pro·fess·ing, pro·fess·es
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.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.professing - an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a profession of disagreement"
affirmation, avouchment, avowal - a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something
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SOCRATES: And is there anything else of which the professors are affirmed not only not to be teachers of others, but to be ignorant themselves, and bad at the knowledge of that which they are professing to teach?
The pitiable lot is that of the man who could not call himself a martyr even though he were to persuade himself that the men who stoned him were but ugly passions incarnate--who knows that he is stoned, not for professing the Right, but for not being the man he professed to be.
     And there are hens, professing to have made
They are they who are represented as professing to love God whom they have not seen, whilst they hate their brother whom they have seen.
But Rose was wide-awake, and escaped all his snares, professing great contempt for such foolish customs.
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A MAN yesterday denied he addressed meetings on behalf of and belonging to or professing to belong to the IRA.
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No person," the court continued, "can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance.