What does profound mean?

Definitions for profoundprəˈfaʊnd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word profound.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. profound(adj)

    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

    "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"

  2. profound(adj)

    of the greatest intensity; complete

    "a profound silence"; "a state of profound shock"

  3. fundamental, profound(adj)

    far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

    "the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred"; "the book underwent fundamental changes"; "committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance"; "profound social changes"

  4. profound(adj)

    coming from deep within one

    "a profound sigh"

  5. heavy, profound, sound, wakeless(adj)

    (of sleep) deep and complete

    "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"

  6. profound, unfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded(adj)

    situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed

    "the profound depths of the sea"; "the dark unfathomed caves of ocean"-Thomas Gray; "unplumbed depths of the sea"; "remote and unsounded caverns"

Wiktionary

  1. profound(Noun)

    The deep; the sea; the ocean.

    God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice commanders drowned. Sandys.

  2. profound(Noun)

    An abyss.

  3. profound(Verb)

    To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down.

  4. profound(Verb)

    To dive deeply; to penetrate.

  5. profound(Adjective)

    Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep.

  6. profound(Adjective)

    Very deep; very serious

  7. profound(Adjective)

    Intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning; thorough; as, a profound investigation or treatise; a profound scholar; profound wisdom.

  8. profound(Adjective)

    Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep.

  9. profound(Adjective)

    Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow.

  10. Origin: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profound(adj)

    descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep

  2. Profound(adj)

    intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning; thorough; as, a profound investigation or treatise; a profound scholar; profound wisdom

  3. Profound(adj)

    characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep

  4. Profound(adj)

    bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow

  5. Profound(noun)

    the deep; the sea; the ocean

  6. Profound(noun)

    an abyss

  7. Profound(verb)

    to cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down

  8. Profound(verb)

    to dive deeply; to penetrate

  9. Origin: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profound

    prō-fownd′, adj. far below the surface: low: very deep: intense: abstruse: mysterious: occult: intellectually deep: penetrating deeply into knowledge.—n. the sea or ocean: an abyss, great depth.—adv. Profound′ly, deeply: with deep knowledge or insight: with deep concern.—ns. Profound′ness, Profund′ity, the state or quality of being profound: depth of place, of knowledge, &c.: that which is profound. [Fr. profond—L. profunduspro, forward, fundus, bottom.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profound' in Adjectives Frequency: #774

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profound in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Erica Jong:

    A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.

  2. George Leo Thomas:

    I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, sister or a lay church worker.

  3. Niels Henrik David Bohr:

    The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

  4. Niels Bohr:

    The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    He that knows himself, knows others and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.

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