1. [ verb ] practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about

"She professes organic chemistry"

Related terms: claim
2. [ verb ] confess one's faith in, or allegiance to

"The terrorists professed allegiance to the Muslim faith" "he professes to be a Communist"

Related terms: declare declare professing
3. [ verb ] make a clean breast of
Synonyms: concede confess

"She confessed that she had taken the money"

Related terms: admit confession professing
4. [ verb ] state insincerely
Synonyms: pretend

"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"

Related terms: claim
5. [ verb ] receive into a religious order or congregation
Related terms: accept
6. [ verb ] state freely

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

Related terms: declare
7. [ verb ] take vows, as in religious order

"she professed herself as a nun"

Related terms: vow take_the_veil profession
Similar spelling:   professor