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 Another co-conspirator, Laura Janke, then created a fake soccer profile for Sui's son -- featuring a photo of a different person -- that described him as a top soccer player for two private clubs in Canada, the indictment says. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Chinese parent arrested for bribery in Spain as part of the college admissions scam," 17 Sep. 2019 For a healthier option with a similar flavor profile, stir some pure maple syrup, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract into your favorite nut or seed butter as a dip for fresh fruit. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "5 Trader Joe's New Products to Try This Fall," 17 Sep. 2019 Beckham has a strong personality and a high profile. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Why Cleveland Browns need to change game plan to beat New York Jets on MNF," 13 Sep. 2019 That prompted Wired to run a quick, flattering profile of him. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 Al Qaeda militants, meanwhile, have taken a lower profile, using regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to entrench themselves. CBS News, "On 9/11, al Qaeda leader calls for attacks on U.S. and slams jihad "backtrackers"," 11 Sep. 2019 Nestled between Southern Research Institute and other office buildings, Quinlan Castle maintains a low profile. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 And now Facebook is trying to get into cryptocurrency and has launched Facebook Dating, giving users the option to add a dating profile to their Facebook page. oregonlive, "Facebook launches a dating service, is one step closer to owning your soul (commentary)," 6 Sep. 2019 Users can combine elements of their Facebook and Instagram accounts to create a separate dating profile—the most notable way Facebook has ever combined the two entities from a product perspective. Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook's New Dating Feature Lets You Pick a 'Secret Crush' From Your Instagram Network," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sports Illustrated's Joan Niesen profiled Ionescu this winter and her rise as a triple-double machine. Jenna West, SI.com, "New York Liberty Win Top Pick in 2020 WNBA Draft Lottery," 17 Sep. 2019 The rally was organized by Ohio Gun Owners, the controversial gun group that cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias recently profiled. cleveland.com, "Trump campaign launching nationwide student grassroots program in Ohio: Capitol Letter," 16 Sep. 2019 But Nussbaum’s profiles paint this progress as the product of fiscal opportunism rather than altruism. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 In other political news, Joe Garofoli profiles Kevin Faulconer, the rare Republican ray of hope in California. Jen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Inside the Ghost Ship trial verdict," 6 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year, the Tribune profiled DeStefano and his never-ending journey to regain even small parts of his life and independence in the wake of his harrowing 2009 accident. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears honor Mike DeStefano, a high school football star who was almost killed in a grisly car crash 10 years ago, by rolling out the red carpet," 5 Sep. 2019 In effect, the app will profile your likes and dislikes, to target its recommendations that much more accurately. Wired, "Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization," 27 Aug. 2019 Writer Neil Shea profiled Tokyo in the April issue. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 Of the 18 breweries profiled, two — Manzanita and Rock Bottom Gaslamp — are dead. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexican craft breweries you should seek out now," 8 Aug. 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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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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