[ proh-fahyl ]
/ ˈproʊ faɪl /


verb (used with object), pro·filed, pro·fil·ing.

to draw a profile of.
to produce or present a history, description, or analysis of: The magazine will profile the candidate in its next issue.

Nearby words

  1. profibrinolysin,
  2. proficiency,
  3. proficiency badge,
  4. proficient,
  5. proficiently,
  6. profile component,
  7. profile drag,
  8. profiler,
  9. profiling,
  10. profilometer

Origin of profile

1650–60; (noun) < Italian prof(f)ilo, noun derivative of profilare “to delineate, outline,” equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -filare, derivative of filo “line, thread” < Latin fīlum

Related formspro·fil·er, nounhalf-pro·file, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for profile


/ (ˈprəʊfaɪl) /


verb (tr)

to draw, write, or make a profile of
to cut out a shape from a blank (as of steel) with a cutter
Derived Formsprofilist (ˈprəʊfɪlɪst), noun

Word Origin for profile

C17: from Italian profilo, from profilare to sketch lightly, from pro- 1 + Latin fīlum thread

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Medicine definitions for profile


[ prōfīl′ ]


A side view of an object or structure, especially of the human head.
A formal summary or analysis of data, often in the form of a graph or table, representing distinctive features or characteristics.

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Idioms and Phrases with profile


see keep a low profile.

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