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verb [transitive] formal profess pronunciation in American English /prəˈfes/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprofess
he/she/itprofesses
present participleprofessing
past tenseprofessed
past participleprofessed
  1. 1
    to claim something, especially when it is not true

    Many wildlife smugglers profess to have an interest in conservation.

  2. 2
    to admit publicly that you have a particular feeling or belief

    He professes great admiration for the New Zealand players.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of profess
  3. 3
    to believe in a particular religion

    In the Philippines, about 85% of the people profess Catholicism.

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