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

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe