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Verb: profess  pru'fes
  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 their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"
  3. Admit (to a wrongdoing)
    "She professed that she had taken the money";
    - 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 a nun"
  7. State insincerely
    "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt";
    - pretend

Derived forms: professing, professes, professed

Type of: accept, acknowledge, admit, claim, declare, pronounce, take, take on, vow