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


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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profiler noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At first glance, women swiping through a dating app might have found Brian Wedgeworth’s profile impressive. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 The hybrid model has several unique layers with a variety of materials, giving it a taller profile and heavier weight than other mattresses. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 The audience profile is 59% female with 60% of the audience under the age of 25. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 20 May 2022 The Kardashian-Barker wedding, if confirmed, won't be the first high profile nuptials to be held in Portofino -- and the couple will be pleased to hear that Ligurian celebrity weddings seem to last. Julia Buckley, CNN, 20 May 2022 Although its 29 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats is on par with competitors such as the X3, the fast-falling roofline and rounded rear profile restrict the ability to accommodate bulky items. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 20 May 2022 The new law also comes amid a rise in gun violence and after a number of recenthigh-profile shootings. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The members of Horsegirl started sending out demos after honing in on a sound, and one of them landed at The Chicago Tribune, which featured the band in an extended profile in late 2020. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 18 May 2022 Lance Bass has become one of the most high profile faces of a controversial viral TikTok trend in which members reenact Amber Heard’s testimony against Johnny Depp. Zack Sharf, Variety, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Another versatile travel sneaker option, the Crest Vibes shoe reimagines Sperry's classic boat shoe profile into an elevated canvas silhouette. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2022 Populist backlash to figures like George Soros, whom the Times profile mentions as peer to Berggruen, can take exaggerated form. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 Over the past decade, Hashemi has worked with large social media networks, tech companies & government entities in utilizing AI to better profile personality & emotional behavior based on online activity. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 That’s why, in 2021, TIME featured the educators who saved a pandemic school year, and this year, TIME’s Innovative Teachers project will profile 10 teachers who are changing the landscape of education in America. Time Staff, Time, 4 Apr. 2022 Maria Aspan and Emma Hinchliffe profile the super secretive Scott, and her giant impact on the world of giving. Alan Murray, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2022 To accomplish this goal, consider platforms that automatically discover and profile APIs. Gene Fay, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 There was an earlier scene where Batman went to Arkham to try to profile the Riddler, and Barry is in that scene. Dan Heching,, 24 Mar. 2022 Last month, researchers with Redgrave uploaded that profile to an online genealogical database called GEDmatch. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of profile


1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for profile


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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.


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


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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