pro·fessed / prəˈfest; prō-/ • adj. 1. (of a quality, feeling, or belief) claimed or asserted openly but often falsely: for all her professed populism, she was seen as remote from ordinary people.2. (of a person) self-acknowledged or openly declared to be: a professed and conforming Anglican. ∎ (of a monk or nun) having taken the vows of a religious order. ∎ archaic claiming to be qualified as a particular specialist; professional.