"professing" in the noun sense
1. profession, professing
an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion
"a profession of disagreement"
"professing" in the verb sense
practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about
"She professes organic chemistry"
confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
"The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"
"he professes to be a Communist"
3. concede, profess, confess
admit (to a wrongdoing
"She confessed that she had taken the money"
"The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"
receive into a religious order or congregation
take vows, as in religious order
"she professed herself as a nun"
7. profess, pretend
"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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