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profess

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprofesspro‧fess /prΙ™Λˆfes/ verb [transitive] formal πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 SAY/STATEto say that you do, are etc something, especially when it is not really trueprofess to do/be something πŸ”Š The government professes to care about the poor. πŸ”Š He professed to be an expert on Islamic art.2 β†’ profess your innocence3 OPINIONto state a personal feeling or belief openly πŸ”Š He finally made up his mind to profess his love for her.profess yourself (to be) something πŸ”Š He professed himself satisfied with the results.4 RRRELIGIONto have a religion or belief πŸ”Š Matt professed no religion.β†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
professβ€’ She was not then perpetually professed.β€’ In Mexico, ninety percent of the people profess Catholicism.β€’ While Norm professed dismay with his thievery, he always kept what Benjy brought him.β€’ Speaking softly, Prucell professed her dislike of giving interviews.β€’ Lewis professed his innocence.β€’ For months, Derek had wanted to profess his love for Beth.β€’ Often she will be able to sleep with rising superstars and juvenile celebrities who will profess love but never contemplate marrying her.β€’ It professes no particular architectural creed; it belongs to no recognisable school of design.β€’ He professed to be mates with all the Revie team now as then.β€’ She professed to have been a cook in a house where I was once governess.β€’ What they did not profess to understand was how it could be terminated.profess to do/be somethingβ€’ The writer professed to be church-going, happily married, to have a large house and be infatuated with young children.β€’ No matter that the campaign is over, and that they also profess to be determined to balance the budget.β€’ He professed to be mates with all the Revie team now as then.β€’ Men did though, even men who professed to be shy.β€’ But the Republican professed to be unconcerned by surveys.β€’ Whether in denial or putting on a brave face, the delegates professed to be unperturbed by those numbers.β€’ Dunlop professed to be well satisfied with the outcome but the dispute had probably left his business irretrievably damaged.profess yourself (to be) somethingβ€’ In the developed world, most nations professed themselves deeply concerned about low fertility rates.
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Verb table
profess
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyprofess
he, she, itprofesses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyprofessed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave professed
he, she, ithas professed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad professed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill profess
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have professed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam professing
he, she, itis professing
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you, we, theyare professing
Past
I, he, she, itwas professing
you, we, theywere professing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been professing
he, she, ithas been professing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been professing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be professing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been professing
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