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prəˈfaʊndpro·found

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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.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  2. profound(Noun)

    An abyss.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  3. profound(Verb)

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  4. profound(Verb)

    To dive deeply; to penetrate.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  5. profound(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  6. profound(Adjective)

    Very deep; very serious

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  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.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  8. profound(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  9. profound(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

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

  3. Profound(adj)

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

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

  4. Profound(adj)

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

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

  5. Profound(noun)

    the deep; the sea; the ocean

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

  6. Profound(noun)

    an abyss

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

  7. Profound(verb)

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

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

  8. Profound(verb)

    to dive deeply; to penetrate

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

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  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

Examples of profound in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Bond:

    The whole idea is very simple, but it's profound: It's the ability to know upfront what your outcomes will be relative to what the S&P 500 does over the next year.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Women: One of the most mysterious forces on the planet have had a very profound impact on men since millennia, for they are gifted with an alchemical agent - Discontinuity ~ Any one who encounters their presence gets disconnected with their past, a very life changing experience.”

  3. James Osborne:

    We had no idea about this kingdom, in a flash, we had profound new information on the Iron Age Middle East.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that which is impenetretrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.

  5. James Clapper:

    I find it very disturbing that here we were in compliance with a request of the then-President of the United States to put into one document our insight and knowledge of the profound threat that Russia posed to this country, and now, apparently, we're being punished for this. John( Brennan) already has been.

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