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profess

pro·fess

profess

 
 
pronunciation:
pr fes
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: professed, professes, professing
definition 1: to claim or declare, esp. insincerely.
She professed sympathy but truly felt none.He professed an intimate knowledge of the city.They professed that they knew nothing of the murder.
synonyms:
allege, claim, pretend to
similar words:
assume, declare, dissemble, fake, feign, plead, purport, simulate
definition 2: to acknowledge openly; affirm.
It was on this night that they professed their love.He professed his skepticism of the plan to his boss.She professed that it had always been her intention to crush the competition.
synonyms:
affirm, avow
similar words:
acknowledge, admit, announce, asseverate, aver, avouch, confess, declare, own up to, plead, proclaim, pronounce
definition 3: to assert belief in.
The group professes Christianity.
synonyms:
believe in
similar words:
avow, confess, embrace, practice, predicate
definition 4: to practice (a profession) or claim special knowledge of.
Our daughter intends to profess medicine.
similar words:
know, practice, study
definition 5: to teach (a subject) at the college or university level.
He has professed history for twenty-five years at this college.
synonyms:
teach
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make an open declaration.
similar words:
declare, pronounce
definition 2: to take vows as a member of a religious order.
synonyms:
take vows
similar words:
pledge, vow
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