• (British) IPA: /ˈpɹəʊfaɪl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɹoʊfaɪl/


  1. (countable) The outermost shape, view, or edge of an object.
    His fingers traced the profile of the handle.
  2. (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.
  3. (countable) A summary or collection of information, especially about a person
    Law enforcement assembled a profile of the suspect.
  4. (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.
  5. (uncountable) Reputation.
  6. (uncountable) The amount by which something protrudes.
    Choose a handle with a low profile so it does not catch on things.
  7. (uncountable) Prominence; noticeability.
    Acting is, by nature, profession in which one must keep a high profile.
  8. (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.
  9. Character; totality of related characteristics; signature; status (especially in scientific, technical, or military uses).
    What's the thermal profile on that thing?
  10. (architecture) A section of any member, made at right angles with its main lines, showing the exact shape of mouldings etc.
  11. (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.
  12. (military slang) An exemption from certain types of duties due to injury or disability.
Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: profil
  • Portuguese: perfil
  • Russian: про́филь
  • Spanish: reseña
Translations Translations
  • Russian: про́филь
  • Russian: про́филь

profile (profiles, present participle profiling; past and past participle profiled)

  1. (transitive) To create a summary or collection of information about (a person, etc.).
  2. To act based on such a summary, especially one that is a stereotype; to engage in profiling.
  3. (transitive) To draw in profile or outline.
  4. (transitive, engineering) To give a definite form by chiselling, milling, etc.
  5. (computing, transitive) To measure the performance of various parts of (a program) so as to locate bottlenecks.
    • 2006, Dr. Dobb's Journal
      […] a complete and intuitive profiler that supports numerous types of profiling modes and profilable applications.
  • Spanish: reseñar
  • Russian: профили́ровать

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