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 government professes to care about the poor.
He professed to be an expert on Islamic art.
2.) profess your innocence
to say that you did not do something bad, especially a crime
In court, the man was still professing his innocence.
3.) to state a personal feeling or belief openly
He finally made up his mind to profess his love for her.
profess yourself (to be) sth
He professed himself satisfied with the results.
4.) to have a religion or belief
Matt professed no religion.

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