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 Other sports have moved high-profile events because of social issues. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Kudos, condemnation over MLB’s decision to move All-Star game from Atlanta," 2 Apr. 2021 And there may be more high-profile announcements to come from Janey, with the city expected to receive hundreds of millions in federal stimulus money amid the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, "Will Acting Mayor Janey run for a full term?," 2 Apr. 2021 Jackson in 2020 also faced a high-profile reversal in a case involving the Department of Homeland Security. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Biden judicial nominee frequently reversed by DC Circuit Court," 1 Apr. 2021 Thirty years ago, the up-and-coming sports hub of Indianapolis braced to host a high-profile weekend that many believed would change the course of modern-day college basketball. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "'Unbeatable died that day': An oral history of the 1991 Duke-UNLV Final Four clash in Indy," 1 Apr. 2021 The last time there was a structured debate in a high-profile statewide election in Alabama was in 2010, during an open seat for the governor’s race. al, "Mo Brooks open to debate, not ‘left-wing news media’ forums," 31 Mar. 2021 State legislatures across the country have been embroiled in high-profile, partisan fights over elections laws since the ballot boxes were put away after the 2020 elections. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "How GOP-dominant Kentucky passed bipartisan election reforms," 31 Mar. 2021 Other high-profile vaccine tourists have been exposed by the Mexican media. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "With Mexico’s vaccination program lagging, wealthy Mexicans are flocking to the U.S.," 31 Mar. 2021 Joseph ranked second in the SEC in interceptions last season but also drew heavy criticism from Kentucky fans for several high-profile personal foul penalties. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kelvin Joseph impresses with blazing 40-yard dash time at Kentucky football pro day," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bigger question is: Will Hiura profile offensively as a first baseman? Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers in 2021: Three reasons to believe; three reasons not to believe," 30 Mar. 2021 Well before the pandemic, some users of the platform had raised concerns about Nextdoor being used to racially profile within communities, for example. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "People are turning to Nextdoor for tips on getting a vaccine. Why that may be a problem," 5 Mar. 2021 This column will profile everyone from celebrities and business people, to community leaders and changemakers, and give readers a peek behind the veil of different businesses and industries. Nicole Silver, Forbes, "Influential Voices On The Future Of Work: Dex Hunter-Torricke Communications Expert," 5 Mar. 2021 Instead of tracking you, Google will essentially profile you, lump you into a group of like-minded people, and then serve ads based on your like-minded interests. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google Chrome will replace third-party cookies with tracking that's less intrusive," 3 Mar. 2021 The company can profile users and connect their activity across platforms. Chris Smith, BGR, "Password management app LastPass is tracking you on Android," 26 Feb. 2021 Cameron Fields and Alexis Oatman profile the playwright and rapper during Black History Month to learn more about their inspirations and the experiences that have shaped their art. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio eliminates coronavirus curfew: The Wake Up for Friday, Feb. 12, 2021," 12 Feb. 2021 Smith and junior-to-be Zach Harrison now profile as the Buckeye’s starting defensive ends in 2021, with Tyler Friday and Javontae Jean-Baptiste returning as well. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Tyreke Smith will return for senior season, putting off NFL Draft," 19 Jan. 2021 That’s based on survey results compiled by Ocean Strategies, a public relations firm that focuses on fisheries that helped profile the Pacific region for a larger federal study. Anchorage Daily News, "Nearly all Alaska and West Coast fishermen badly hurt by pandemic, survey indicates," 19 Jan. 2021

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Profile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profile. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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