Meaning of “profess” in the English Dictionary

"profess" in British English

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professverb [ T ]

uk /prəˈfes/ us /prəˈfes/

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.

(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)