Definitions

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  • adj. Professing to be qualified.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of profess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Openly declared, avowed, acknowledged, or claimed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Avowed; declared; pledged by profession; professional: as, a professed woman-hater; a professed nun; a professed cook.
  • one who by promise freely made and accepted has, after a year of probation, been received in and bound to a religious order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. professing to be qualified
  • adj. claimed with intent to deceive
  • adj. openly declared as such

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Examples

  • The discarded box it had arrived in professed it as ‘the best sex on the market’ Richard fingered the wedding band she had placed on his finger.

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  • Having asked leave of our entertainer, he accosted us in English, professed his satisfaction at seeing so many of his countrymen in such a remote place, and asked the captain, who went by the name of Signor Thoma, from what part of

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  • Orwell states, "Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life."

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  • Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse - hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.

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  • Having asked leave of our entertainer, he accosted us in English, professed his satisfaction at seeing so many of his countrymen in such a remote place, and asked the captain, who went by the name of Signor Thoma, from what part of Britain he had sailed and whither he was bound.

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  • The various rebels of Arabia without a chief or a cause, were speedily suppressed by the power and discipline of the rising monarchy; and the whole nation again professed, and more steadfastly held, the religion of the Koran.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Hillary Clinton in no short term professed that she would be waiting for an "Unthinkable" event to propel her as the presidential nominee.

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  • WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: A self-proclaimed -- self-professed, that is, former jewel thief says, during his life of crime, he stole more than $35 million worth of fancy baubles, and now he's detailing it all in a tell-all book, "Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief."

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  • But the baptism of John was a 'baptism of repentance'; Mark 1: 4: which being undertaken, they who were baptized professed to renounce their own legal righteousness; and, on the contrary, acknowledged themselves to be obliged to repentance and faith in the Messias to come.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Formerly, a religious did not necessarily form a part of an approved institute; there were persons simply called professed, as well as professed in such an institute or such a monastery.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

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