Profile meaning

prō'fīl'
Profile is defined as to create an overview about a person or thing.

An example of to profile is to write a paragraph about a person describing their strengths and accomplishments.

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The definition of a profile is the side view of someone or something or a brief biography of a person.

An example of a profile is an artist painting a portait of the left side of a person's face.

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A biographical account presenting the subject's most noteworthy characteristics and achievements.
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Degree of exposure to public notice; visibility.

Preferred to keep a low profile.

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An outline of an object.
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To draw or shape a profile of.
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To produce a profile of.

Profiled the singer in a magazine article.

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To engage in the ethnic or racial profiling of (a person).
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A view of anything in contour; outline.

The profile of a distant hill.

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A short, vivid biographical and character sketch.
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A side or sectional elevation of a building, etc.
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To sketch, write, or make a profile of.
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A degree of exposure to or contact with others, esp. the public.

A celebrity who keeps a low profile after a scandal.

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To give or assign a specified profile to.
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To identify or single out by means of a profile of.
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A side view of an object or a structure, especially of the human head.
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A formal summary or analysis of data, as of blood, representing distinctive features or characteristics, often in the form of a graph or table.
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(1) A description of an individual, organization, publication or other entity. See user profile and social networking site.
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(countable) The shape, view, or shadow of a person's head from the side; a side view.

The brooch showed the profile of a Victorian woman.

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(countable) A summary or collection of information, especially about a person.

Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.

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(countable) A specific space or field in which users can provide various types of personal information in software or Internet systems.

I just updated my Facebook profile to show I got engaged.

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(uncountable) Reputation.
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(uncountable) The amount by which something protrudes.

Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.

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(uncountable) Prominence; noticeability.

Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.

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(archaeology) A smoothed (e.g., troweled or brushed) vertical surface of an excavation showing evidence of at least one feature or diagnostic specimen; the graphic recording of such as by sketching, photographing, etc.
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Character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses).

What's the thermal profile on that thing?

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(architecture) A section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of mouldings etc.
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(civil engineering) A drawing exhibiting a vertical section of the ground along a surveyed line, or graded work, as of a railway, showing elevations, depressions, grades, etc.
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To create a summary or collection of information, especially about a person.
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To act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype. See profiling.
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A vertical section of soil or rock showing the sequence of the various layers.
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(countable) The outermost shape, view, or edge of an object.

His fingers traced the profile of the handle.

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Origin of profile

  • Italian profilo from profilare to draw in outline pro- forward (from Latin prō- pro–1) filare to draw a line (from Medieval Latin fīlāre to spin) (from Latin fīlum thread gwhī- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French profil (“a profile”), from Italian profilo (“a border”), later also proffilo (“a side-face, profile”), from pro-, from Latin pro (“before”) + filo (“a line, stroke, thread”), from Latin filum (“a thread”); see file.
    From Wiktionary