from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To affirm openly; declare or claim: "a physics major [who] professes to be a stickler when it comes to data” ( Gina Maranto).
- transitive v. To make a pretense of; pretend: "top officials who were deeply involved with the arms sales but later professed ignorance of them” ( David Johnston).
- transitive v. To practice as a profession or claim knowledge of: profess medicine.
- transitive v. To teach (a subject) as a professor: profess literature.
- transitive v. To affirm belief in: profess Catholicism.
- transitive v. To receive into a religious order or congregation.
- intransitive v. To make an open affirmation.
- intransitive v. To take the vows of a religious order or congregation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.
- transitive v. 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)
- intransitive v. To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
- intransitive v. To declare friendship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To declare openly; make open declaration of; avow or acknowledge; own freely; affirm.
- To acknowledge or own publicly; also, to lay claim openly to the character of.
- To affirm faith in or allegiance to: as, to profess Christianity.
- To make a show of; make protestations of; make a pretense of; pretend.
- To announce publicly one's skill in, as a science or a profession; declare one's self versed in: as, to profess surgery.
- In the Rom. Cath. and Anglican churches, to receive into a religious order by profession.
- To present the appearance of.
- Synonyms and To declare, allege, aver, avouch.
- To lay claim to.
- To declare openly; make any declaration or assertion.
- To enter into the religious state by public declaration or profession.
- To declare or pretend friendship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. state freely
- v. practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
- v. admit (to a wrongdoing)
- v. confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
- v. take vows, as in religious order
- v. state insincerely
- v. receive into a religious order or congregation
For instance, when these churchmen again profess and put their signatures to those anti-liberal documents, then we know that they too have got out of their Hegelianism.
The system of Optimism, to which I assent & which I therefore profess, is not without difficulties, great & many. but every other system appears to me to have more
Do we not therein profess to be in friendship, and to have fellowship, with him?
The cause of God's people, and of that holy religion which they profess, is a righteous cause, otherwise the righteous God would not appear for it; yet it may for a time be run down, and seem as if it were lost.
Before we proceed further, however, it may be necessary that we should give a brief attention to the lexicography of these two terms profess and confess, as English words; especially as our translators have rendered the Greek word omologia by these two words, indifferently, as though they were equivalents; and thus the English reader is
I am better pleased that it should be so; in leaving me there, they humour what I profess, which is to settle and wholly contain myself within myself.
People who, based on previous movie preferences, could reliably be expected to like the film can't stand it; those who have shown no interest in similar titles profess to love it.
Any profession does--if you "profess," expect to be challenged, especially by your peers.
Hayward, the operative word in your text is 'profess'; it is perfectly easy to give a false profession; and the Church of Rome is no friend of Biblical Christianity.
He must be applying the notion that being a professor gives you the right to "profess," although the right to profess is, I think, assumed to have to be backed up by evidence.