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

Join us in our coverage of the country’s most exciting food scene — restaurants, recipes, profiles and more. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 The project’s aim was to create voter profiles based on Facebook users’ online behavior to help in tailored political-ad targeting, according to Christopher Wylie, a former data scientist at the firm. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit," 2 July 2019 Here’s your 2019 preview of the Baltimore Ravens, the ninth of 32 team profiles leading to draft season in mid-August: 2019 Fantasy MVP: Mark Ingram, RB The former Heisman winner’s downhill style fits the Ravens’ run-first offense perfectly. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football 2019: Baltimore Ravens Preview," 2 July 2019 Giles Jackson Size: 5-foot-9, 179 pounds From: Antioch, Calif. Recruiting profile: 4 stars, No. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Giles Jackson seems built for this offense," 1 July 2019 The Reds have a number of high profile players taking part in the respective events including the influential front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and Fowler has let his feelings be known on the matter. SI.com, "Robbie Fowler Claims Jurgen Klopp Will Face a 'Huge Problem' Ahead of New Season," 1 July 2019 The longtime team executive returns to the Giants this week after a lengthy suspension linked to an altercation with his wife, retaining his titles but assuming a lower profile. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Kevin Durant is Brooklyn-bound," 1 July 2019 Another high profile new addition: Chris Valade is leaving Lord Hobo Brewing in Woburn to join Finestkind in mid-July as chief operating officer. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "New Smuttynose owner brews up a turnaround," 1 July 2019 With Marlins starting second baseman Starlin Castro in the final year of his contract, Diaz profiles to be the team’s starter of the future. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Top Marlins prospects Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison and Sixto Sanchez selected to All-Star Futures Game," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In October, Steve Kroft profiled the Talbott case for 60 Minutes. CBS News, "First conviction made using genetic genealogy," 2 July 2019 Larissa MacFarquhar profiles the playwright Edward Albee, and Hilton Als explores the world of Ntozake Shange. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: A Night at the Theatre," 30 June 2019 In 2009, The Dallas Morning News profiled Denise Brown, who had an amazing life story. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "City Ballet, teacher of generations of Dallas dancers, is forced to close because of a rent increase," 27 June 2019 This month, the Washington Post Magazine profiled him in a cover piece. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Randy Rainbow, singing satirist, translates viral videos to stage at MGM Northfield Park," 20 June 2019 Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden profiled Grunwald's most recent cancer battle in July 2017. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Minneapolis Mayor Announces June 12th as Gabe Grunewald Day," 13 June 2019 At the New York Times, Devin Gordon profiles Joe McLean, a guy who almost made the NBA and has since made his living offering white glove concierge services and financial counseling to some of the wealthiest players on the court. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Money Man to the Filthy Rich of the NBA," 10 June 2019 Charlotte Palermino of cannabis education site Nice Paper profiled the inspiring women dominating various aspects of the CBD industry and helping other women to do the same. Marie Claire, "Welcome to the ABCs of CBD," 11 Apr. 2019 National Geographic's book In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo profiles women throughout the world who have pushed societal norms and boundaries in areas spanning the gambit from politics, art, media, books, and more. Karen Karbo, National Geographic, "How Gloria Steinem became the 'world’s most famous feminist'," 25 Mar. 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

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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