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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·fess v. t. [imp. & p. p. Professed p. pr. & vb. n. Professing.]
 1. 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. “Hear me profess sincerely.”
 The best and wisest of them all professed
 To know this only, that he nothing knew.   --Milton.
 2. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.
    I do profess to be no less than I seem.   --Shak.
 3. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a
          profession of disagreement" [syn: profession]