profile

noun
pro·file | \ ˈprō-ˌfī(-ə)l \

Definition of profile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a representation of something in outline especially : a human head or face represented or seen in a side view

2 : an outline seen or represented in sharp relief : contour

3 : a side or sectional elevation: such as

a : a drawing showing a vertical section of the ground

b : a vertical section of a soil from the ground surface to the underlying unweathered material

4 : a set of data often in graphic form portraying the significant features of something a corporation's earnings profile especially : a graph representing the extent to which an individual exhibits traits or abilities as determined by tests or ratings

5 : a concise biographical sketch

6 : degree or level of public exposure trying to keep a low profile a job with a high profile

profile

verb
profiled; profiling

Definition of profile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to represent in profile or by a profile : produce (as by drawing, writing, or graphing) a profile of

2 : to shape the outline of by passing a cutter around

3 : to subject to profiling

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Verb

profiler noun

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Noun

outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass. traced the outline of his hand contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled. a car with flowing contours profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background. a portrait of her face in profile silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined. photograph in silhouette against a bright sky

Examples of profile in a Sentence

Noun

His profile is very unusual. An image of the President's profile appears on the coin. I read a profile of her in a magazine.

Verb

The mayor was profiled in the magazine last month.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's your 2018 preview of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the seventh of 32 team profiles leading to draft season in mid-August: 2018 Fantasy MVP: Leonard Fournette, RB Fournette was dominant with most teams stacking the box. Eddie Brown, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fantasy Football 2018: Jacksonville Jaguars Preview," 12 July 2018 Wells, by virtue of his finesse left-handed profile, is in the next tier with Keegan Akin and Zac Lowther. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Alex Wells," 12 July 2018 Yet less than 24 hours after Barstool Sports ranked U of L the second-strongest candidate to add pucks to its NCAA Division I profile, university administrators met Tuesday with a delegation aiming at the same goal. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ice hockey on campus? University of Louisville has 'preliminary' chat," 10 July 2018 Kethledge and Hardiman both carve pretty mild and even blue-collar profiles, and neither has stoked the passions of the GOP base enough to spawn full-fledged campaigns against them. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 The growing conditions contribute to the legendary sweet flavor profile, low acidity and intense red color. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Noodles Panini’s meatballs and sauce a family recipe," 9 July 2018 Similarly, with the high profile, three-way transfer saga involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud in January, deals for Zaza and Kalinić are expected to go through quickly after Gamiero's move is confirmed. SI.com, "Valencia Edge Closer €20m Deal for Atlético Madrid Star Which Will Spark Domino Effect," 7 July 2018 The movement caught the attention of several high-profile celebrities who signed on to participate in the hunger strike, including Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, and Evan Rachel Wood, Kennedy said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "90-year-old Ethel Kennedy joins hunger strike against immigration policies," 26 June 2018 The event was filled with a flock of high-profile celebrities, including showgoer and showstopper, Rihanna. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna Hops on the Clear Bag Trend, Lil Miquela Wears a Suit, and More," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At The Bitter Southerner, Michael Adno profiles renovator and land developer David Wolkowsky, age 98, whose particular brand of charm, philanthropy, joie de vivre, and camp has permanently shaped Key West, Florida’s unique allure. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Town That Camp Built," 12 July 2018 The Seattle Times is profiling finalists to become the city’s next police chief following the resignation last year of Katherine O’Toole. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 The Capital Gazette later profiled a former female classmate who said she was victimized by Ramos. NBC News, "Capital Gazette shooting: Gunman barricaded back door in 'coordinated attack,' prosecutor says," 29 June 2018 Fulmer still profiles as one of the best – if not the best – available starting pitcher on the market, given his three years of team control beyond this season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers should be aggressive this trade deadline season," 22 June 2018 Instead of offering a sprawling overview, Ms. Fairrie profiles individuals and families in France and Israel, in an apparent effort to capture a cycle of fear and xenophobia that, if exposed, might also offer hope for rapprochement. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "Review: ‘Spiral’ Chronicles the Impact of Prejudice on Everyday Lives," 21 June 2018 So far the company’s various tests have profiled more than 180,000 patients, according to its website. Pietro Lombardi, WSJ, "Roche to Pay $2.4 Billion for Full Control of Foundation Medicine," 19 June 2018 The show profiled the Duggars, a large Christian family. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Roseanne,' 'House of Cards' and other hit TV shows canceled amid scandals," 14 June 2018 Bourdain also profiles Scott Bryan, who is a great chef — an innovator, a figure of stature among foodies, something Bourdain does not claim to be. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, "Our review: Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' captured restaurants' demented glory," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'profile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of profile

Noun

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for profile

Noun

Italian profilo, from profilare to draw in outline, from pro- forward (from Latin) + filare to spin, from Late Latin — more at file

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profile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of profile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the shape of a head or face that is seen or drawn from the side

: the shape of something that is seen against a background

: a brief written description that provides information about someone or something

profile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of profile (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a brief description that provides information about (someone or something)

profile

noun
pro·file | \ ˈprō-ˌfīl \

Kids Definition of profile

1 : something (as a head or a mountain) seen or drawn from the side

2 : a level of activity that draws attention As an actress, she can't avoid a high profile.

profile

noun
pro·file | \ ˈprō-ˌfīl \

Medical Definition of profile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of data exhibiting the significant features of something and often obtained by multiple tests the profile of CK isoenzymes in skeletal muscle —A. J. Siegel & D. M. Dawson

2 : a graphic representation of the extent to which an individual or group exhibits traits as determined by tests or ratings this group did not give a homogeneous personality profileDiseases of the Nervous System

profile

transitive verb
profiled; profiling

Medical Definition of profile (Entry 2 of 2)

: to represent in profile or by a profile : produce a profile of (as by writing or graphing)

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