|Origin:||professus, past participle of profiteri 'to profess, confess'|
pro‧fess [transitive] formal
to say that you do, are etc something, especially when it is not really true
profess to do/be something
The government professes to care about the poor.
He professed to be an expert on Islamic art.
to say that you did not do something bad, especially a crime:
In court, the man was still professing his innocence.
to state a personal feeling or belief openly:
He finally made up his mind to profess his love for her.
profess yourself (to be) something
He professed himself satisfied with the results.
to have a religion or belief:
Matt professed no religion.