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Definition of the verb profess

What does profess mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: professed | professing | professes

  1. practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
    • examples: She professes organic chemistry | They profess to move
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: claim = assert or affirm strongly
  2. confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
    • examples: The terrorists professed allegiance to their country | he professes to be a Communist
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
  3. admit (to a wrongdoing)
  4. state freely
    • example: The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]The president declared Smith foolish
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate, not sentential clause]The president declared Smith professor
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] as [Adjective]The president declared John as stupid
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]John professed loving the miscreants
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]John declared how he did it | The president proclaimed how we should work
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]The president judged the matter closed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The president maintained that the matter was closed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]The president maintained Smith to be a good man
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]The president declared what we should do
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]The president declared what to do

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): .

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
  5. receive into a religious order or congregation
  6. take vows, as in religious order
    • example: she professed herself as a nun
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: vow = make a vow
    • more specific term: take the veil = become a nun
  7. state insincerely
    • example: He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of profess: pretend
    • more generic word: claim = assert or affirm strongly

Alternative definition of the verb profess

verb

  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.
  2. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.
  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.
  4. To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.
  5. [obsolete] To declare friendship.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for profess

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

This instrument, however, like all instruments that profess to.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soviet Law (1985)

by F. J. Ferdinand Joseph Maria Feldbrugge, Gerard Pieter Van den Berg, William Bradford Simons

Freedom to Profess a Religion This freedom, guaranteed by the Constitution (Art. 52) extends only to religions recognized under Soviet law. Citizens wishing to practise a religion in sects lacking state registration, consequently, are prevented  ...

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Usage statistics about profess

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb profess:

professconfessconcedepretend

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Quotes about profess

I pay very little regard... to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person. (Jane Austen)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1F4E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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