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Meaning & Definition of Profess in English

English

Profess

/prəfɛs/

verb

1. Practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about

  • "She professes organic chemistry"
    synonym:
  • profess

2. Confess one's faith in, or allegiance to

  • "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"
  • "He professes to be a communist"
    synonym:
  • profess

3. Admit (to a wrongdoing)

  • "She confessed that she had taken the money"
    synonym:
  • concede
  • ,
  • profess
  • ,
  • confess

4. State freely

  • "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
    synonym:
  • profess

5. Receive into a religious order or congregation

    synonym:
  • profess

6. Take vows, as in religious order

  • "She professed herself as a nun"
    synonym:
  • profess

7. State insincerely

  • "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"
  • "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"
  • "She pretends to be an expert on wine"
    synonym:
  • profess
  • ,
  • pretend