- The definition of profound is being deep, having intellectual depth or being intensely felt.
An example of profound is a scientific equation proving God's existence.
- very deep or low: a profound abyss, sleep, etc.
- marked by intellectual depth: a profound discussion
- intensely felt: profound grief
- thoroughgoing: profound changes
- unbroken: a profound silence
Origin of profoundMiddle English ; from Old French profund ; from Classical Latin profundus ; from pro-, forward (see pro-) + fundus, bottom
- Archaic an abyss or deep, as of the ocean
- something profound
- Having, showing, or requiring great insight or understanding: a profound thinker; a profound analysis.
- Deeply felt or held; intense: profound contempt; a profound conviction.
- Thoroughgoing; far-reaching: profound social changes.
- Unqualified or unbroken: a profound silence; profound sleep.
- Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep: a profound chasm.
Origin of profoundMiddle English profounde, from Old French profond, deep, from Latin profundus : prō-, before; see pro–1 + fundus, bottom.
(comparative more profound, superlative most profound)
- Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to great depth; deep.
- Very deep; very serious
- Intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning; thorough; as, a profound investigation or treatise; a profound scholar; profound wisdom.
- Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep.
- Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow.
(third-person singular simple present profounds, present participle profounding, simple past and past participle profounded)