profess

Verb
  1. Practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about (synset 200821417)
    "She professes organic chemistry"
  2. Confess one's faith in, or allegiance to (synset 200762780)
    "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"
  3. Admit (to a wrongdoing) (synset 200820214)
    "She confessed that she had taken the money"
  4. State freely (synset 201012717)
    "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
  5. Receive into a religious order or congregation (synset 200890178)
  6. Take vows, as in religious order (synset 200889847)
    "she professed herself as a nun"
  7. State insincerely (synset 200758694)
    "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"

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