pro·fess /prəˈfɛs, pro-/
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.
Pro·fess v. i.
1. To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
2. To declare friendship. [Obs.]
v 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
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"