profile

noun
pro·​file | \ ˈprō-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce profile (audio) \

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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The fashion designer turned 56 on Tuesday, three months after he and the Fuller House actress were charged in the scheme that has also ensnared high-profile figures like actress Felicity Huffman. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Mossimo Giannulli's Alleged Involvement in the College Admissions Scandal as He Turns 56," 4 June 2019 Dig Inn, whose healthful fast-casual food has attracted not only fans but a high-profile investor, is poised to enter the Philadelphia market. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "Dig Inn, a fast-growing, fast-casual restaurant out of New York, to open in Philly," 4 June 2019 Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng are two of the most high-profile names, whilst exciting youngsters Dayot Upamecano and William Saliba have also found their names linked with Arsenal. SI.com, "Inter 'Reject Chance' to Sign Laurent Koscielny After Arsenal Star Is Offered to the Club," 4 June 2019 But every year, a smattering of high-profile attacks on tourists sends ripples through the regional hospitality industry. CBS News, "Some info "doesn't match" statements about attack on U.S. woman at Dominican resort, police say," 3 June 2019 The trouble at Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business was the most high-profile in a recent string of issues for local for-profit postsecondary schools. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Globe University, Minnesota School of Business students should get loan refunds, appeals court rules," 3 June 2019 Loehmann shot Tamir on November 2014 in one of the most high-profile police shootings in Cleveland history. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Tamir Rice’s mother to deliver petition demanding Cleveland police union stop challenge to get Timothy Loehmann’s job back," 3 June 2019 The incident was the latest in a string of violent, high-profile episodes to affect homeless people over the last year. James Queally, latimes.com, "Victim killed in downtown L.A. motorcycle chase was homeless man," 3 June 2019 The petition cited a March 29 Baltimore Sun story that highlighted high vacancies and dire financial straits for both Harborplace and The Village of Cross Keys, another high-profile Baltimore retail center owned by Ashkenazy. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Judge takes Baltimore's Harborplace out of owner's control, paving way for possible sale," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The move comes a little more than a month after singer SZA said in a series of tweets that she was racially profiled and stopped by security officers at a Sephora store in California. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump concludes UK trip, NBA Finals, 'Black Mirror' returns: 5 things to know Wednesday," 5 June 2019 The decision comes after singer SZA said she was racially profiled while shopping at a Sephora location. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "The EU Official Who Wants a Trump Nickname: The Broadsheet," 4 June 2019 Star said recently in a four-part, hugely popular YouTube documentary in which he was profiled by YouTuber Shane Dawson. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 Last year, fair merriment was marred by several fights and confrontations with police officers, who were accused of racially profiling black teens. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Cal Expo has new acting police chief one year after fights marred state fair," 26 June 2018 More recently, a vintage store in Brooklyn, New York was accused of racially profiling a black lawyer and her daughter last month after an employee believed the pair was shoplifting and called the police. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Red Hen and the Weaponization of Yelp," 26 June 2018 On the other hand, various studies have not found systematic effects — until a recent article that was profiled here at the Monkey Cage. Andrew Gelman, Washington Post, "A new controversy erupts over whether voter identification laws suppress minority turnout," 11 June 2018 Ross has also been sued for racially profiling a black customer in Oregon. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Bantu knots are the latest natural hairstyle at the center of a workplace dispute," 20 Dec. 2018 He’s profiled fibropapillomatosis tumor tissue that’s been surgically removed by laser resection as part of rehabilitation. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018

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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 How to pronounce profile (audio) \

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 How to pronounce profile (audio) \

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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