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Meaning of “profound” in the English Dictionary

"profound" in British English

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profoundadjective

uk   us   /prəˈfaʊnd/

profound adjective (EXTREME)

C2 felt or ​experienced very ​strongly or in an ​extreme way: His mother's ​death when he was ​aged six had a very profound effect on him. The ​invention of the ​contraceptivepillbrought about profound ​changes in the ​lives of women. Those two ​lines of ​poetryexpressperfectly the profound ​sadness of ​loss. My ​grandfather has a profound ​mistrust of anything new or ​foreign. There was a ​note of profound ​irritation in his ​voice.

profound adjective (SHOWING UNDERSTANDING)

C2 showing a ​clear and ​deepunderstanding of ​seriousmatters: profound truths/​wisdom The ​review that I ​read said that it was "a ​thoughtful and profound ​film". "Dying is ​easy - it's ​living that's the ​problem." "That was very profound of you, Steven."
(Definition of profound from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"profound" in American English

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profoundadjective

 us   /prəˈfɑʊnd/

profound adjective (EXTREME)

felt or ​experiencedstrongly; ​extreme: The ​speech had a profound ​influence on her.

profound adjective (SHOWING UNDERSTANDING)

showing a ​clear and ​deepunderstanding of ​seriousmatters: You’re ​touching on a very profound ​question.
(Definition of profound from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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