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

Though Kirsten's life is obviously lived in the public eye, Jonathan prefers to keep a low profile, appearing on his wife's social media occasionally but eschewing developing one of his own. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who is Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband Jonathan Gillibrand?," 27 Mar. 2019 Lola, now 17, keeps a much lower profile than her older brother and parents. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About Kelly Ripa's Husband and Three Kids, Answered," 13 Mar. 2019 Paparazzi photos show the Duchess keeping a low profile in a black coat and newsboy cap. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle’s Whirlwind Trip to New York City," 19 Feb. 2019 Though several high-profile lawsuits have suggested a link between ovarian cancer and talc use, science is not decided in a court of law. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 Intel blamed a number of factors, but China was a high-profile scapegoat. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 The Itaipu House is a low-profile stunner built on a budget of around $189,000. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 2018 In 1980, Larry LeGaspi gave an interview to Us magazine for a profile touting him as the future of fashion. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rick Owens Loves Larry LeGaspi—And You Should Too," 23 Jan. 2019 In the 1990s and early 2000s, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, and Diane Sawyer were the first stops for big, newsy profile interviews. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Who Will Get the First MacKenzie Bezos Interview?," 10 Jan. 2019

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For Jada, who has graced many magazine covers, and Willow, who has been styled and profiled both as a Smith daughter and as a solo musician, this might just be another day at work, if not a glamorous one. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, here's what the men have been up to: Kanye West has been profiled by the New York Times. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Is It Just Me, Or Are The Kardashians Really Quiet Right Now?," 25 June 2018 In a Friday letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General John Kelly, Cuomo said immigrant communities are being vilified and profiled as a result of ICE tactics. Amir Vera, CNN, "NYC pizza delivery man given emergency stay after immigration detention," 9 June 2018 The project, which the 75-year-old Turrell started in 1979, also is on Instagram, and has been profiled a handful of times in the media. Scott Craven, azcentral, "What is artist James Turrell creating inside a Flagstaff crater? He's been at it for 40 years," 14 May 2018 Since 2006, his firm has sponsored an annual fund-raising lunch for someone profiled as part of the Neediest Cases campaign. New York Times, "Stories of Resilience Inspired Readers to Support Neediest Cases Fund," 28 Apr. 2018 Now there is a much larger collection of really good arms who profile really well in the bullpen and can match up really well against different hitters. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Here's why 200-inning pitchers are an endangered species," 14 Apr. 2018 But most of the candidates are in there swinging nevertheless — and not just Valdez and White, who have been profiled by the San Antonio Express-News. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Democratic gubernatorial candidates fighting for the spotlight so their message can shine," 18 Feb. 2018 The group operated in the shadows for two years until August, when Taha Karim, a researcher at security firm DarkMatter, profiled it at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers," 21 Dec. 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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