Meaning of “profess” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “profess” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profess" in American English

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us /prəˈfes/

to claim something, sometimes falsely:

[ + to infinitive ] They professed to have no knowledge of the event.
[ T ] She continues to profess her innocence.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /prəˈfest/

a professed belief

(Definition of “profess” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)