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Meaning of PROFESS

Pronunciation:  pru'fes

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  confess one's faith in, or allegiance to; "The terrorists professed allegiance to the Muslim faith"; "he professes to be a Communist"
  2. [v]  make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money"
  3. [v]  claim to be proficient
  4. [v]  as in religious orders; take a vow

PROFESS is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: concede, confess
 See Also: acknowledge, admit, claim, declare, vow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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.
             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.
  2. \Pro*fess"\, v. i.
    1. To take a profession upon one's self by a public
       declaration; to confess. --Drayton.
    2. To declare friendship. [Obs.] --Shak.