profess (v.) 1
declare, avow, affirm
H8 II.iv.84 [Wolsey to Queen Katherine] I do profess / You speak not like yourself
KL I.i.72 [Regan to Lear] I profess / Myself an enemy to all other joys
MM IV.ii.97 [Provost to disguised Duke, of a countermand] Lord Angelo hath to the public ear / Professed the contrary