profiling

[ proh-fahy-ling ]
/ ˈproʊ faɪ lɪŋ /

noun

the use of personal characteristics or behavior patterns to make generalizations about a person, as in gender profiling.
the use of these characteristics to determine whether a person may be engaged in illegal activity, as in racial profiling.

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Definition for profiling (2 of 2)

profile
[ proh-fahyl ]
/ ˈproʊ faɪl /

noun

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.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM profile

pro·fil·er, nounhalf-pro·file, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for profiling (1 of 2)

profiling
/ (ˈprəʊˌfaɪlɪŋ) /

noun

the practice of categorizing people and predicting their behaviour according to particular characteristics such as race or ageracial profiling

British Dictionary definitions for profiling (2 of 2)

profile
/ (ˈprəʊfaɪl) /

noun

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 forms of profile

profilist (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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Medical definitions for profiling

profile
[ prōfīl′ ]

n.

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 profiling

profile

see keep a low profile.

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