Profess

Definition of Profess

Pro`fess´   Pronunciation: prô`fĕs´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Professed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Professing.]
1.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.
The best and wisest of them all professed
To know this only, that he nothing knew.
- Milton.
2.To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.
I do profess to be no less than I seem.
- Shak.
3.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); as, he professes surgery; to profess one's self a physician.
v. i.1.To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
2.To declare friendship.

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