Meaning of PROFILE in English
/ ˈprəʊfaɪl; NAmE ˈproʊ-/ noun , verb
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
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.
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.
the edge or outline of sth that you see against a background :
the profile of the tower against the sky
- a high / low profile
[ 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.
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. 2005