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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.]