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 for profess
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profess \Pro*fess"\ (pr[-o]*f[e^]s"), v. i.
     1. To take a profession upon one's self by a public
        declaration; to confess. --Drayton.
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     2. To declare friendship. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profess \Pro*fess"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Professed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Professing.] [F. prof[`e]s, masc., professe, fem.,
     professed (monk or nun), L. professus, p. p. of profiteri to
     profess; pro before, forward + fateri to confess, own. See
     Confess.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
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              The best and wisest of them all professed
              To know this only, that he nothing knew. --Milton.
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     2. To set up a claim to; to make presence to; hence, to put
        on or present an appearance of.
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              I do profess to be no less than I seem. --Shak.
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     3. 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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  profess
      v 1: practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be
           knowledgeable about; "She professes organic chemistry"
      2: confess one's faith in, or allegiance to; "The terrorists
         professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a
         Communist"
      3: admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken
         the money" [syn: concede, profess, confess]
      4: state freely; "The teacher professed that he was not generous
         when it came to giving good grades"
      5: receive into a religious order or congregation
      6: take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a
         nun"
      7: state insincerely; "He professed innocence but later admitted
         his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide
         bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine" [syn:
         profess, pretend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "profess":
     act, act a part, affect, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate,
     argue, assert, assever, asseverate, assume, aver, avouch, avow,
     bluff, claim, confess, confirm, contend, counterfeit, cover up,
     declare, depose, dissemble, dissimulate, enunciate, express,
     express the belief, fake, feign, four-flush, gammon, have, hold,
     insist, issue a manifesto, lay down, let on, let on like, maintain,
     make a pretense, make as if, make believe, make like, manifesto,
     offer, play, play a part, play possum, playact, predicate, present,
     pretend, pretext, proclaim, proffer, pronounce, protest,
     protest too much, purport, put, put forward, put it, put on, say,
     set down, set forth, sham, simulate, speak, speak out, speak up,
     stand for, stand on, state, submit, swear, tender, utter, vow,
     warrant
  
  

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