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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Other Words from profile

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

Digne is reportedly also of interest to Juventus and Bayern Munich, however, meaning that Everton may struggle to beat off higher profile competition to secure the Frenchman’s services. SI.com, "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018 Two adults and up to four teen and four child profiles can link and share Prime benefits. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 Hackney said Ford’s DNA profile matched DNA found on evidence collected from the crime scene. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Single fingerprint helps crack decades-old cold case," 12 July 2018 Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the trends, issues and personalities in L.A.’s arts scene. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Jessica Biel discusses earning her first Emmy nomination for 'The Sinner'," 12 July 2018 In a wide-ranging story for Vulture that is excerpted from a forthcoming monograph, author Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah profiles figurative painter Henry Taylor, who had five new paintings exhibited at last year’s Whitney Biennial. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘Wild With Love’: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the Portraits of Henry Taylor," 12 July 2018 Yet the quiet, reflective moments deepen this profile produced by Alex Gibney and Shirel Kozak and directed by Marina Zenovich. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Robin Williams: HBO's remarkable tribute," 12 July 2018 Macy’s did not say how many profiles were accessed. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Macy’s says hackers accessed customer credit card information," 12 July 2018 The setting is minimal, the costumes pleasantly generic, Karla Puno Garcia’s choreography decidedly low profile and Mr. Schmoll’s direction affectionate and barely there. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Gone Missing,’ Now a Poignant Reminder of a Life Cut Short," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As is the custom at Caveat, audiences can expect to be entertained but also learn about profiling through anecdotes as well as data and research. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 This is the first of a four-part series profiling the life of new Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018 Another black woman has come forward to share her story of being profiled while at her apartment pool on July 4th. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Tennessee Woman Says She Was Racially Profiled At Apartment Pool On July 4," 8 July 2018 Several women make the shortlist, including Amy Cony Barrett, who is profiled briefly here. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Capital Gazette shooting , Bill Shine, Anthony Kennedy: Broadsheet June 29," 29 June 2018 As part of the school's focus on Project Based Learning, the students created a living museum called L'dor V'dor, Generation to Generation, showcased and profiled members of their families. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Jewish day school students showcase their families through living museums," 6 June 2018 The newest first-rounder with the Shuckers, and the one currently profiling to have the highest upside, is second baseman Keston Hiura, taken at No. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers know all too well there are no sure things in first round of the MLB draft," 1 June 2018 China may be in the process of profiling Americans more widely. Zalmay Khalilzad, WSJ, "Fight Beijing’s Surveillance State," 17 May 2018 Four separate immigration groups came together for a rally Saturday afternoon in Aurora in hopes of raising awareness about immigrants’ contributions to the city and also to seek a law protecting immigrants from being profiled. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Immigration groups unite at rally for Aurora law to prevent profiling," 5 May 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 \

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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