profile Definition

  • 1a short description of someone's life, work, character, and achievements
  • 2the amount by which something sticks out from a surface

Using profile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "profile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I read his profile on the company website.

  • Example

    The car's profile was sleek and aerodynamic.

  • Example

    The mountain's profile was visible against the sunset.

profile Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using profile

  • raise someone's profile

    increase the level of public awareness or attention given to someone or something


    The charity event raised the profile of the organization and its cause.

  • avoid attracting attention or notice


    After the scandal, he decided to keep a low profile and stay out of the public eye.

  • to present oneself in a particular way, especially with regard to style or appearance


    She cut a stylish profile in her designer dress and high heels.

Phrases with profile

  • attracting much attention or publicity


    The scandal was a high-profile case that attracted media attention for months.

  • avoiding attracting attention or publicity


    He kept a low profile after the controversy, avoiding interviews and public appearances.

  • a small image that represents a person on social media or other online platforms


    I changed my profile picture to a photo of my cat.

Origins of profile

from Italian 'profilo', meaning 'outline'


Summary: profile in Brief

The term 'profile' [ˈprəʊfaɪl] refers to a short description of someone's life, work, character, and achievements, as well as the amount by which something sticks out from a surface. It can be used to describe a person's online presence, as in 'profile picture,' or to refer to the shape or outline of an object, as in 'The car's profile was sleek and aerodynamic.' Idioms like 'raise someone's profile' and 'keep a low profile' are also common.

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