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PROFESS', v.t. [L. professus, profiteor; pro and fateor.]

1. To make open declaration of; to avow or acknowledge.

Let no man who professes himself a christian, keep so heathenish a family as not to see God by daily worshipped in it.

They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him. Tit.1.

2. To declare in strong terms.

Then will I profess to them, I never knew you. Matt.7.

3. To make a show of any sentiments by loud declaration.

To your professing bosoms I commit him.

4. To declare publicly one's skill in any art or science, for inviting employment; as, to profess one's self a physician; he professes surgery.

PROFESS', v.i. To declare friendship. [Not in use.]




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PROFESS', v.t. [L. professus, profiteor; pro and fateor.]

1. To make open declaration of; to avow or acknowledge.

Let no man who professes himself a christian, keep so heathenish a family as not to see God by daily worshipped in it.

They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him. Tit.1.

2. To declare in strong terms.

Then will I profess to them, I never knew you. Matt.7.

3. To make a show of any sentiments by loud declaration.

To your professing bosoms I commit him.

4. To declare publicly one's skill in any art or science, for inviting employment; as, to profess one's self a physician; he professes surgery.

PROFESS', v.i. To declare friendship. [Not in use.]


PRO-FESS', v.i.

To declare friendship. [Not in use.] – Shak.


PRO-FESS', v.t. [It. professare; Sp. profesar; Fr. professer, L. professus, profiteor; pro and fateor.]

  1. To make open declaration of; to avow or acknowledge. Let no man who professes himself a Christian, keep so heathenish a family as not to see God be daily worshiped in it. – Decay of Piety. They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him. – Tit. i.
  2. To declare in strong terms. Then will I profess to them, I never knew you. – Matth. vii.
  3. To make a show of any sentiments by loud declaration. To your professing bosoms I commit him. – Shak.
  4. To declare publicly one's skill in any art or science, for inviting employment; as, to profess one's self a physician; he professes surgery.

Pro*fess"
  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.

    "Hear me profess sincerely." Shak.

    The best and wisest of them all professed
    To know this only, that he nothing knew.
    Milton.

  2. To take a profession upon one's self by a public declaration; to confess.

    Drayton.
  3. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put on or present an appearance of.

    I do profess to be no less than I seem. Shak.

  4. To declare friendship.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  5. 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.
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Profess

PROFESS', verb transitive [Latin professus, profiteor; pro and fateor.]

1. To make open declaration of; to avow or acknowledge.

Let no man who professes himself a christian, keep so heathenish a family as not to see God by daily worshipped in it.

They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him. Titus 1:16.

2. To declare in strong terms.

Then will I profess to them, I never knew you. Matthew 7:23.

3. To make a show of any sentiments by loud declaration.

To your professing bosoms I commit him.

4. To declare publicly one's skill in any art or science, for inviting employment; as, to profess one's self a physician; he professes surgery.

PROFESS', verb intransitive To declare friendship. [Not in use.]

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