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profess

verb [T] uk   /prəˈfes/ us  
to state something, sometimes in a way that is not sincere: [+ to infinitive] She professes not to be interested in money. I don't profess to know all the details about the case. She professes ignorance of the whole affair, though I'm not sure I believe her.
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