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Profess appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Payroll a crevasse for piss!" I profess, aver, call or yap.
  • To profess a time, dared, nude, I rub stars rats buried under a demitasse for pot.
  • "Some deeper upset acolyte," I profess, "opts in at a satanist posse, for piety locates pure pee demos."
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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
    • 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


  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 previewProviding Information for Health (2002)

A Workbook for Primary Care by Alan Gillies

PROFESS is an experimental project to determine the technical feasibility of collecting specific information from primary care practice systems, on a voluntary basis, for the purpose of providing a learning support system through an analysis ...

Google previewAmerican Religious Traditions

The Shaping of Religion in the United States with CD-ROM by Richard E. Wentz

To profess means to affirm, to make an open and public declaration of the faith. A profession connects one in mutual agreement with others. Iconoclasm, morality, and profession of faith — these were three of the stages of development (to ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To PROFESS. v. a. [profftr, Fr. from profoffus, ...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

exomologe means “ to confess, profess,” and even “to praise.” See confess. Verb: (epangelomai), GK 2040 (S 1861), 15x. epangelomai generally means “to promise,” though in a ...

Google previewPolitical Dictionary (1845)

Forming a Work of Universal Reference, Both Constitutional and Legal; and Embracing the Terms of Civil Administration, of Political Economy and Social Relations, and of All the More Important Statistical Departments of Finance and Commerce

provinces of Prussia, which formerly belonged to the ecclesiastical electorates, profess the Catholic religion as that of the state, or, according to the expression of the French charte, that of the majority of the people. In America, all the countries ...

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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:


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Profess Meaning

Video shows what profess means. To administer the vows of a religious order to (someone); to admit to a religious order. (Chiefly in passive.). To declare oneself ...

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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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