Meaning of PROFILE in English

PROFILE

/ ˈprəʊfaɪl; NAmE ˈproʊ-/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

the 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.

a description of sb/sth that gives useful information :

a job / employee profile

We first build up a detailed profile of our customers and their requirements.

3.

the general impression that sb/sth gives to the public and the amount of attention they receive :

The deal will certainly raise the company's international profile.

4.

the edge or outline of sth that you see against a background :

the profile of the tower against the sky

IDIOMS

- a high / low profile

■ verb

[ vn ] to give or write a description of sb/sth that gives the most important information :

His career is profiled in this month's journal.

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 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).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.