profound

adjective
pro·found | \prə-ˈfau̇nd, prō-\

Definition of profound 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having intellectual depth and insight

b : difficult to fathom or understand

2a : extending far below the surface

b : coming from, reaching to, or situated at a depth : deep-seated a profound sigh

3a : characterized by intensity of feeling or quality

b : all encompassing : complete profound sleep profound deafness

profound

noun
pro·found | \prə-ˈfau̇nd, prō-\

Definition of profound (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

: something that is very deep specifically : the depths of the sea

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Other Words from profound

Adjective

profoundly \prə-ˈfau̇n(d)-lē, prō- \ adverb
profoundness \prə-ˈfau̇n(d)-nəs, prō- \ noun

Examples of profound in a Sentence

Adjective

Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study's longtime director, George Vaillant. — Joshua Wolf Shenk, Atlantic, June 2009 This isn't escapism, or denial of grief; it is acceptance of the facts of life, the map of profound relationship to the grief that is part of life … — Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005 The status of women, though probably the most profound single difference between the two civilizations, attracted far less attention than such matters as guns, factories and parliaments. — Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?, 2002 Despite all the respect, it was hard not to feel a twinge of schadenfreude at O'Hara's fall from esteem, which had caused him profound bitterness. — Kingsley Amis, Memoirs, 1991 His knowledge of history is profound. Her books offer profound insights into the true nature of courage. the profound mysteries of outer space a profound sense of loss His paintings have had a profound effect on her own work.
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And then consider opportunities to positively impact a child in small but often profound ways. David G. Allan, CNN, "Mister Rogers, television's polite radical," 8 June 2018 For actively dying patients, even a temporary pause in the law could have a profound — and permanent — effect, Shavelson added. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "California aid-in-dying patients left in limbo after ruling," 5 June 2018 JEREMY EICHLER Maestros and their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Leonard Bernstein protege John Mauceri draws on a lifetime of experience conducting across genres and venues to take us backstage in this engaging, funny, and profound book. Jeremy Eichler And Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer reading for the ears," 21 June 2018 Many of them are beautifully crafted, profound, and haunting — but damn, if current depressing conditions aren’t making them harder and harder to watch. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "3% is the most riveting, uplifting dystopian show you’re not watching," 6 May 2018 The care that a newborn receives in early life can have profound effects on psychological and intellectual growth. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Early Life Experience: It’s in Your DNA," 10 July 2018 Watch Now: Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons Teach You Millennial Slang To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% This agony, however, has had a profound effect on Berners-Lee. Katrina Brooker, The Hive, "“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets," 1 July 2018 Gardenhire and his coaching staff have had a profound effect on the team, though this team cannot be compared to Tigers teams of the past few years. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers beer shower for Ron Gardenhire: Behind the scenes," 14 June 2018 Coworkers, friends, and sometimes even family members often do not recognize the profound effect of their symptoms on their everyday life. Rafal Tokarz, Health.com, "The Lyme Disease Complication You Don't Know About—But Should," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of profound

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for profound

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French parfunt, profond deep, from Latin profundus, from pro- before + fundus bottom — more at pro-, bottom

Noun

see profound entry 1

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profound

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of profound

: having or showing great knowledge or understanding

: difficult to understand : requiring deep thought or wisdom

: very strongly felt

profound

adjective
pro·found | \prə-ˈfau̇nd \

Kids Definition of profound

1 : having or showing great knowledge and understanding a profound thinker

2 : very deeply felt profound sorrow

Other Words from profound

profoundly adverb

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