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 Alex Padilla’s profile: If Democrats win the Senate, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pick to complete Harris’ term in the Senate could have a role in passing major legislation — something that’s far less likely as a member of the minority party. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "What’s at stake for California in Georgia vote to determine Senate control," 5 Jan. 2021 For a low-profile option, a simple bed box that can be mounted either in the bed or under the chassis of larger trucks is a great way to add secure storage. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Great Ways to Store Gear in Your Truck," 5 Jan. 2021 More recently, wrote Amei Wallach wrote for Smithsonian magazine in 2006, a series of national exhibitions of the group’s quilts helped raise the artists’ profile substantially. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "National Gallery of Art Adds 40 Works by Black Southern Artists to Its Collections," 4 Jan. 2021 Partnerships with Disney and other media companies have helped boost YouTube’s profile and generate more money for the company. Los Angeles Times, "YouTube has gone from Hollywood pariah to partner. Meet the executive who led the change," 4 Jan. 2021 Phillips’ official Twitter profile is filled with tweets highlighting the seriousness of the pandemic. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Ontario's finance minister resigns after taking Caribbean holiday amid pandemic," 1 Jan. 2021 Kirby has been working steadily ever since, with lead roles in the West End, as well as high profile supporting roles in films and British TV costume dramas. New York Times, "Vanessa Kirby Has Been Waiting for a Role That Scares Her," 31 Dec. 2020 As a result, Mosley’s DNA profile was not entered into the FBI’s CODIS database. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska requires that DNA be collected from people arrested for violent crimes. Many police agencies have ignored that.," 31 Dec. 2020 Lorenz identified a co-founder of Vybe Together, and included the person's LinkedIn profile page. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Apple and TikTok banned an app used to arrange parties during Covid," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Shalini Venugopal Bhagat and Hari Kumar, Times reporters in New Delhi, interviewed families and found the two children to profile: Monu, 13, and Aamya, 11. Derek Watkins, New York Times, "How We Reported on Pollution in New Delhi Through Two Children," 24 Dec. 2020 Some parents and teachers in the Tampa Bay area are asking for changes in a program used by a Florida sheriff to profile students as potential criminals. orlandosentinel.com, "Florida sheriff’s student database has parents, teachers crying foul," 11 Dec. 2020 In his last effort to psychologically profile a leader, Post trained his expertise on Donald Trump. Washington Post, "CIA psychological profiler who labeled Trump ‘dangerous’ dies of covid-19 at 86," 5 Dec. 2020 Privacy from businesses that have an unprecedented volume of data that can be used to target or profile consumers. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "How to Protect Your Privacy When Working From Home," 7 Dec. 2020 Co-directors Weixi Chen and Hao Wu profile the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Another Round’ and ‘The Changin’ Times Of Ike White’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 2 Dec. 2020 The Wolverines brought back their top two shooters (both in accuracy and volume) in Livers (40.2%) and Brooks (36.4%) and added two players in Smith and Brown who profile as good 3-point shooters. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Five make-or-break questions for Michigan basketball: How good can Franz Wagner be?," 24 Nov. 2020 Every month, the newsletter will profile people from the company. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our Voice Newsletter: Vol. 1, Issue 1," 13 Nov. 2020 An ambitious reporter is assigned to profile a man who uses mysterious funds to donate Christmas presents every year, insisting that Santa Claus pays for it. jsonline.com, "Christmas movie guide: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'It's a Wonderful Life'," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

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“Profile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profile. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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