Verb: profess pru'fes
- Practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
"She professes organic chemistry"
- Confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
"The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"
- Admit (to a wrongdoing)
"She professed that she had taken the money";
- concede, confess
- State freely
"The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
- Receive into a religious order or congregation
- Take vows, as in religious order
"she professed herself as a nun"
- State insincerely
"He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt";
Derived forms: professes, professing, professed
Type of: accept, acknowledge, admit, claim, declare, pronounce, take, take on, vow