American English

Definition of profile noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the outline of a person's face when you look from the side, not the front his strong profile a picture of the president in profile
  2. 2a description of someone or something that gives useful information a job/employee profile We first build up a detailed profile of our customers and their requirements. You can update your Facebook profile (= your description of yourself on a social networking Web site). The magazine published a short profile of the new mayor. His psychological profile is revealing.
  3. 3the general impression that someone or something gives to the public and the amount of attention they receive The deal will certainly raise the company's international profile. We want to improve the profile of women's health issues.
  4. 4the edge or outline of something that you see against a background the profile of the tower against the sky
  5. Idioms
    a high/low profile
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    the amount of attention someone or something has from the public This issue has had a high profile in recent months. I advised her to keep a low profile for the next few days (= not to attract attention).
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