Meaning of “profile” in the English Dictionary

"profile" in British English

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profilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprəʊ.faɪl/ us /ˈproʊ.faɪl/

profile noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

B2 a short description of someone's life, work, character, etc.

information about a person's life, work, interests, etc. on a social networking website:

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  • a financial/social profile
  • a detailed profile of the author

profile noun [ C ] (ATTENTION)

C1 the amount of public attention and notice that something receives:

We need to increase our company's profile in Asia.
There is a growing number of women in high-profile positions (= positions which they are noticed) in the government.

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  • Such high profile positions can be very stressful.
  • The key to success is to do more to raise the profile of the company.
  • We'll maintain a high profile and ensure that people are aware of our activities.
  • I don't think he's too pleased with you, so I'd keep a low profile if I were you.
  • The team has an appalling public profile.
verb [ T ] uk us

Every week in the books section of the paper they profile a different author.

(Definition of “profile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profile" in American English

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us /ˈproʊ·fɑɪl/

profile noun (SIDE VIEW)

[ C/U ] a side view of a person’s face:

[ C ] I’d seen her profile on a billboard.
[ U ] A face in profile never looks at the viewer.

profile noun (DESCRIPTION)

[ C ] a description of someone containing all the most important or interesting facts about the person:

There’s a profile of producer Hal Willner in "New York" magazine.

profile noun (ATTENTION)

[ C usually sing ] the amount of public attention that someone or something receives:

He keeps a low profile and doesn’t go after headlines.
She has had a high profile in the world of fashion for many years.
verb [ T ] us /ˈproʊ·fɑɪl/

Gilbert was recently profiled by a Washington business magazine.

(Definition of “profile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"profile" in Business English

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profilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprəʊfaɪl/ us

a short description of someone or something that gives important and useful details about them:

a profile of sb/sth The website lists more than 1,000 profiles of small companies.
A recruiting firm can view the candidate profiles, but candidates' identities are protected until a job offer appears.
a credit/financial profile Homes are sold at higher interest rates to consumers with riskier credit profiles.

the amount of public attention that something or someone receives:

The company's high profile helped them receive close to $10 million in state and local incentives.
The Federation of Master Builders has been working to raise its profile.
keep a low profile

to avoid attracting attention to yourself:

The company has tried to keep a low profile since the controversy.

profileverb [ T ]

uk /ˈprəʊfaɪl/ us

to give a short description of someone or something with important and useful details about them:

In her new report she profiles companies with real profits and proven business models.
profile sb/sth in/on sth A number of businesswomen are profiled on the careers website.

(Definition of “profile” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)