Definition of profile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊfaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊfaɪl//
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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 somebody/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 website). The magazine published a short profile of the new mayor. His psychological profile is revealing. See related entries: Social networking
  3. 3the general impression that somebody/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. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from obsolete Italian profilo, from the verb profilare, from pro- ‘forth’ + filare ‘to spin’, formerly ‘draw a line’ (from Latin filare, from filum ‘thread’).Extra examples He presented his best profile to the camera. Margo was told to write a profile about him. She decided to keep a low profile until the scandal had died down. The data will enable us to construct a profile of the company’s customers. The painting shows her in profile. The story was given a low profile in today’s papers. a campaign to raise the profile of the city as a cultural leader an in-depth profile of Boris Spassky and his career He turned his head so his strong profile was facing the camera. I advised her to keep a low profile for the next few days. The deal will certainly raise the company’s international profile. The job profile suits his experience exactly.Idioms the amount of attention somebody/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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