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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ozuna was an above-average hitter throughout the last four seasons, but his analytical profile shows there may be room for improvement. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "The St. Louis Cardinals could be a factor in the Cincinnati Reds' next move," 14 Jan. 2020 To that, Thunberg responded by changing her Twitter profile to mock the president’s words. Washington Post, "Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?," 12 Jan. 2020 The latter company is busy crafting a strategy to boost its digital profile. Meg Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The boss of the CW network, home of ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Nancy Drew,’ gets a bigger role," 10 Jan. 2020 Mr Grantham owes much of his public profile to his decrying of stockmarket bubbles. The Economist, "Buttonwood Jeremy Grantham on divesting from Big Oil," 9 Jan. 2020 Fans of Grammy-winning songstress Adele, who recently celebrated her 31st birthday, have been keeping up with Adele's weight loss via her Instagram profile since early 2019. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Sirtfood Diet? Inside Adele's Reported New Weight Loss Program," 9 Jan. 2020 Granted, there’s a gap in her IMDb.com profile, which shows her appearing in My Own Love Song in 2010 and The Whole Truth in 2016. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Yes, Twitterites, Renée Zellweger speaks with a Texas accent, because guess what — she’s from Texas!," 6 Jan. 2020 Unlike more tactical scopes listed here, this Leupold is defined by its slender profile. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Rimfire Scopes for Any Budget," 3 Jan. 2020 Although the four elements are also embedded in astrology, your hand type may not correspond with your astrological profile. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These two profiles differed only in whether the person profiled identified as religious or nonreligious. Jordan W. Moon, Quartz, "Intense prejudice exists against atheists in the US," 28 Dec. 2019 The fear is that a nation-wide NRC could only prove disastrous where residents could be profiled on the basis of their religions and stripped of their citizenship overnight. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s new Citizenship Act and national register of citizens are both inspired by “paranoia”," 15 Dec. 2019 For a chance to be featured on the @baltimoresun Instagram account and be profiled on our Darkroom photography blog, share your best examples of nature photographer below through 5 p.m. Dec. 26. baltimoresun.com, "SunShots photo contest: Submit your best photos ‘out in nature’," 2 Dec. 2019 The force kept profiling Muslim residents and authorizing investigations without enough evidence, said John Crew, a lawyer who worked for the American Civil Liberties Union. Simone Weichselbaum, USA TODAY, "Some big cities pulling their police officers out of federal joint task forces," 27 Nov. 2019 Garcia is also the subject of an upcoming docuseries from WME affiliate Endeavor Content that will profile his family and life in the boxing ring and outside of it. Erik Hayden, The Hollywood Reporter, "WME, IMG Models Sign Boxer Ryan Garcia (Exclusive)," 8 Nov. 2019 Lucky, because Jennings didn't get to interview Haley or her family before traveling to Huntsville, an enormous risk when profiling a subject. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "How an Alabama teenager became a social media star," 31 Oct. 2019 To combat smuggling, for instance, Hong Kong’s strategy includes profiling all goods vehicles and private cars crossing the border. Stephen Onyeiwu, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria needs a competent customs service, not border closure," 28 Oct. 2019 This article is part of a series profiling the inspiring women of Together Live, a band of all-female storytellers who are traveling across the U.S. this fall, spreading love, laughter, and hope. Jillian Kramer, Glamour, "What Do Oprah, Arianna Huffington, and Glennon Doyle Have in Common? Her Name Is Jennifer Rudolph Walsh," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of profile was in 1638

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18 Jan 2020

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“Profile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profile. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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profile

noun
How to pronounce profile (audio)

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
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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