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 Mckee's funeral at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast was attended by a number of high profile politicians including the U.K.'s former prime minister Theresa May and Irish President Michael D. Higgins. Henry Austin, NBC News, "Man charged with murder of Northern Irish journalist Lyra Mckee," 12 Feb. 2020 After finding this original set of tarot cards, Gavin decided to recreate them as a drink menu beginning with 14 drink profiles. Sara Lieberman, Fortune, "Can’t choose a cocktail? Let the divine decide at this Victorian-era London hotel," 12 Feb. 2020 Nearly 10% of people admit to creating a fake profile to check on spouses or exes on social media, the survey found. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Americans create fake social media accounts to cyberstalk spouses and exes, survey says," 12 Feb. 2020 In the meantime, presumably as part of an effort to compete with cable as a whole rather than HBO specifically, Netflix has quietly assembled a library of lower-profile original and licensed reality series. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Error 0: Kingwood has dealt with several high profile flooding events since Harvey dropped more than 30 inches of water on the Lake Houston area. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Officials must choose from million dollar menu to solve Kingwood flooding," 11 Feb. 2020 Two people with similar profiles often prefer different jobs. Quartz India, "Hitesh Oberoi on the jobs that will define India’s future," 11 Feb. 2020 When compared to low-profile electronic ear protection, this product from Bei Bei Safety looks pretty goofy. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 Ray was the subject of a lengthy 2019 profile in New York Magazine's The Cut, which detailed his dealings with the Sarah Lawrence College students. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "Student’s parent charged with sex trafficking, forced labor at liberal arts college," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2000, Mark Singer profiled the legendary director Martin Scorsese for The New Yorker. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: At the Movies, 2020 Oscars Edition," 9 Feb. 2020 People are being mistreated, profiled, lynched, and systematically sabotaged in a way that affects their living arrangements, opportunities, and even education. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Born In 2002: 18 First-Time Voters On Going To The Polls In 2020," 30 Jan. 2020 CBS News profiled Louisville's Barry Washington, the restaurateur behind Barry's Cheesesteaks, Wednesday night to highlight the ordained minister's work with the kids who threw rocks near his restaurant. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "WATCH: The man behind Barry's Cheesesteaks was featured on CBS News for his act of kindness," 29 Jan. 2020 Online retail giant Amazon is profiling an Alabama company that recently won one of its small business awards. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Amazon spotlights award-winning Alabama business," 28 Jan. 2020 In a three-month span last fall, Government Technology, Wired, and Recode all profiled public K-12 schools using such systems. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Advocates ask colleges to avoid facial recognition as surveillance grows," 14 Jan. 2020 At the New York Times, Tejal Rao profiles the Banh Chung Collective, a event by Los Angeles chef Diep Tran where attendees learn to make banh chung for the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The most despair-inducing Bay Area dishes of 2019," 13 Jan. 2020 NBC News recently profiled young Americans unsure whether to have children because of the global warming impact. The Christian Science Monitor, "climate action that starts in the kitchen," 11 Dec. 2019 In 2015, the Atlantic profiled the Alaskan village, a settlement of natives who’ve lived in the region for thousands of years. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Profile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profiler. Accessed 20 Feb. 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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