pro-, por-, pur-

(Greek > Latin: a prefix signifying before; forward, forth; for, in favor of; in front of; in place of, on behalf of; according to; as, to place before; to go before or forward, to throw forward)

profess (verb), professes; professed; professing
1. To declare openly, announce, affirm; to avow, acknowledge, confess oneself to be (or do) something.
2. To affirm or declare one’s faith in or allegiance to; to acknowledge or formally recognize as an object of faith or belief (a religion, principle, rule of action; God, Christ, a saint, etc.).
professedly (adverb), more professedly, most professedly
1. With pretense or intention to deceive: "He is only professedly poor which is not the truth."
2. By an open declaration.
profession (pruh FESH uhn, proh FESH uhn) (s) (noun), professions (pl)
1. An occupation that requires extensive education or specialized training and/or experience: James wanted to become a teacher, the same profession as his parents, and so he had to study at least four years at the university in order to achieve his objective.
2. The members of a particular occupation: Many students at the college decided to go into the teaching profession, thinking that they could improve the motivation of the children in their neighborhoods.
3. An affirmation of a religious conviction or faith: Greg and Susan believed their marriage would last forever since they had the same spiritual-minded profession of belief which they lived by respectfully.
professional (adjective), more professional, most professional
1. Engaged in an occupation as a paid job rather than as a hobby.
2. Showing a high degree of skill or competence.
professional regurgitator (s) (noun), professional regurgitators (pl)
An entertainer whose act consists of swallowing and regurgitating a variety of items: "Professional regurgitators sometimes include magicians who perform regurgitation exclusively with objects that include anything from live animals (live mice), to light bulbs, billiard balls, etc."

professionalism (s) (noun), professionalisms (pl)
1. The skill, competence, or character expected of a member of a highly trained profession.
2. The use of professionals instead of amateurs.
professionalize (verb), professionalizes; professionalized; professionalizing
To make an occupation professional, especially by paying the people who engage in it or improving the conditions or standards of their work.
professionally (adverb), more professionally, most professionally
In a professional manner, or being engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
To have some advantage; to gain or to benefit financially or otherwise.

Literally, to move forward, to advance.

1. Yielding a profit; advantageous or lucrative.
2. Of some use, benefit, or advantage to someone.
The quality of affording gain or benefit or profit.
1. In a productive way.
2. Beneficial; useful.
profiteer (s) (noun), profiteers (pl)
A person who makes excessive monetary gains; usually, for things that are in short supply: Brandon was accused of being a profiteer because he doubled the price for ice cream during the heat wave.
Seller of goods at high prices in times of scarcity.
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1. A term that is applied to practices or documents that are done as a pure formality or which seek to satisfy the minimum requirements or to conform to a convention or doctrine.
2. According to form; such as, a matter of form; for the sake of form.
profound (adjective), more profound, most profound
1. A reference to something which is great, strong, or intense: As a preacher, Jerome had a profound effect on the congregation of his church.
2. Characteristic of a person who has, or an idea or effort that shows significant understanding or intellectual insight: As young as she is, Shirley has shown profound skills in writing her novel.
3. Descriptive of far-reaching ideas, or essential wisdom and experience, that usually require serious thought to be fully appreciated: Computer technology has made profound changes in the lives of many people.
4. Etymology: from Latin profundus, "deep, bottomless, vast"; also, "obscure, profound", from pro-, "forth" + fundus, "bottom".
Resembling being intellectually deep.
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Conveying knowledge that is below the surface.
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Related before-word units: ante-; antero-; anti-; pre-.