Profess Pro*fess", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Professed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Professing}.] [F. prof[`e]s, masc., professe, fem., professed (monk or nun), L. professus, p. p. of profiteri to profess; pro before, forward + fateri to confess, own. See {Confess}.] [1913 Webster] 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.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The best and wisest of them all professed To know this only, that he nothing knew. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of. [1913 Webster]

I do profess to be no less than I seem. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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  • profess — [prō fes′, prəfes′] vt. [< L professus, pp. of profiteri, to avow publicly < pro , before (see PRO 2) + fateri, to avow, akin to fari, to speak: see FABLE] 1. to make an open declaration of; affirm [to profess one s love] 2. to claim to… …   English World dictionary

  • Profess — Pro*fess (pr[ o]*f[e^]s ), v. i. 1. To take a profession upon one s self by a public declaration; to confess. Drayton. [1913 Webster] 2. To declare friendship. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Profess — Profess, das Ordensgelübde, welches in einem Kloster nach überstandenem Noviciat abgelegt wird. –s …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • profess — I (avow) verb acknowledge, admit, advocate, affirm, announce, assert, asseverate, assure, attest, aver, avouch, contend, declare, disclose, divulge, hold out, lay bare, lay open, maintain, make a statement, make an assertion, make clear, make… …   Law dictionary

  • profess — (v.) early 14c., to take a vow (in a religious order), from O.Fr. profes, from L. professus having declared publicly, pp. of profitieri declare openly, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + fateri (pp. fassus) acknowledge, confess, akin to fari …   Etymology dictionary

  • profess — *assert, declare, affirm, aver, protest, avouch, avow, predicate, warrant Analogous words: allege, *adduce, advance …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • profess — ► VERB 1) claim that one has (a quality or feeling). 2) affirm one s faith in or allegiance to (a religion). ORIGIN Latin profiteri declare publicly …   English terms dictionary

  • Profess — Ein Ordensgelübde (Profess von lat. professio = Bekenntnis) ist das öffentliche Versprechen eines Anwärters (Novizen) in einer christlichen Ordensgemeinschaft, nach den Grundprinzipien des Evangeliums und unter einem Oberen nach einer Ordensregel …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • profess — pro|fess [prəˈfes] v [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: professus, past participle of profiteri to profess, confess ] 1.) to say that you do, are etc something, especially when it is not really true profess to do/be sth ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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