Associations to the word «Profess»


PROFESS, verb. (transitive) To administer the vows of a religious order to (someone); to admit to a religious order. (Chiefly in passive.) [from 14th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (reflexive) To declare oneself (to be something). [from 16th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (ambitransitive) To declare; to assert, affirm. [from 16th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (transitive) To make a claim (to be something), to lay claim to (a given quality, feeling etc.), often with connotations of insincerity. [from 16th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (transitive) To declare one's adherence to (a religion, deity, principle etc.). [from 16th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (transitive) To work as a professor of; to teach. [from 16th c.]
PROFESS, verb. (transitive) (now rare) To claim to have knowledge or understanding of (a given area of interest, subject matter). [from 16th c.]

Dictionary definition

PROFESS, verb. Practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about; "She professes organic chemistry".
PROFESS, verb. Confess one's faith in, or allegiance to; "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist".
PROFESS, verb. Admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken the money".
PROFESS, verb. State freely; "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades".
PROFESS, verb. Receive into a religious order or congregation.
PROFESS, verb. Take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a nun".
PROFESS, 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".

Wise words

When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it.
Arabian Proverb