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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Either way, the 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward must make a decision on May 30 that, five months before the first jump ball, will have a profound effect on SDSU’s 2018-19 season. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Deadline approaching, but SDSU's Jalen McDaniels remains undecided," 29 May 2018 And if that's not enough, there's a surprising amount of blood in an otherwise bright and bouncy book -- and a profound sense that Lottie herself may not always understand what's going on. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "Interview | Writer Bryan Lee O'Malley, artist Leslie Hung on the second, slimy arc of 'Snotgirl'," 21 May 2018 Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court will have profound effects on Major League Baseball. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Here's why the Supreme Court's decision on gambling won't affect Pete Rose's ban | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 But Nelson also had a profound effect off the field as founder and member of the board of directors for Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa, an organization that gave housing to children either orphaned or from unstable family situations. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Davey Nelson, analyst for Brewers television crew and team alumni director, dies at 73," 23 Apr. 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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