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profile

Noun

1 an analysis (often in graphical form) representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics; "a biochemical profile of blood"; "a psychological profile of serial killers"
2 a side view representation of an object (especially a human face)
3 biographical sketch
4 degree of exposure to public notice; "that candidate does not have sufficient visibility to win an election"; "he prefers a low profile" [syn: visibility]
5 a vertical section of the Earth's crust showing the different horizons or layers

Verb

1 write about; "The author of this article profiles a famous painter"
2 represent in profile, by drawing or painting

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From profilo.

Pronunciation

  • /profaɪlə/

Noun

  1. the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object
    His fingers traced the profile of the handle.
  2. the shape, view, or shadow of a person's head from the side
    The brooch showed the profile of a Victorian woman.
  3. a summary or collection of information, especially about a person
    Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.
  4. reputation
  5. the amount by which something protrudes
    Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.
  6. prominence; noticeability
    Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.

Translations

the outermost shape, view, or edge of an object
the shape, view, or shadow of a person's head from the side
a summary or collection of information, especially about a person
reputation
the amount by which something protrudes
prominence; noticeability

Verb

  1. to create a summary or collection of information, especially about a person
  2. to act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype. See profiling.

Translations

to create a summary or collection of information
to act based on such a summary; especially, to act on a stereotype

Extensive Definition

Profile may refer to:
ProFile may refer to: Profiles may refer to:
profile in German: Profil
profile in Spanish: Perfil
profile in Hebrew: פרופיל
profile in Japanese: プロフィール
profile in Polish: Profil
profile in Slovak: Profil
profile in Swedish: Profil

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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