|1.||[ verb ] practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about|
"She professes organic chemistry"
|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|
"She confessed that she had taken the money"
|Related terms:||admit confession professing|
|4.||[ verb ] 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"
|5.||[ verb ] receive into a religious order or congregation|
|6.||[ verb ] state freely|
"The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
|7.||[ verb ] take vows, as in religious order|
"she professed herself as a nun"
|Related terms:||vow take_the_veil profession|