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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profoundadjective

    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

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

  2. profoundadjective

    of the greatest intensity; complete

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

  3. fundamental, profoundadjective

    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. profoundadjective

    coming from deep within one

    "a profound sigh"

  5. heavy, profound, sound, wakelessadjective

    (of sleep) deep and complete

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

  6. profound, unfathomed, unplumbed, unsoundedadjective

    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. profoundnoun

    The deep; the sea; the ocean.

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

  2. profoundnoun

    An abyss.

  3. profoundverb

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

  4. profoundverb

    To dive deeply; to penetrate.

  5. profoundadjective

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

  6. profoundadjective

    Very deep; very serious

  7. profoundadjective

    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. profoundadjective

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

  9. profoundadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROFOUNDadjective

    Etymology: profond, Fr. profundus, Lat

    All else deep snow and ice,
    A gulf profound, as that Serbonian bog
    Betwixt Damiata and mount Casius old. John Milton.

    He hath hither thrust me down
    Into this gloom of Tartarus profound. John Milton.

    What words wilt thou use to move thy God to hear thee? what humble gestures? what profound reverence? Brian Duppa.

    Not orators only with the people, but even the very profoundest disputers in all faculties, have hereby often, with the best learned, prevailed most. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 7.

    The revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them. Hosea v. 2.

  2. Profoundnoun

    God, in the fathomless profound,
    Hath all his choice commanders drown’d. George Sandys.

    Now I lie absent in the vast profound;
    And me without myself the seas have drown’d. Dryden.

    If some other place th’ ethereal king
    Possesses lately, thither to arrive,
    I travel this profound. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.

  3. To Profoundverb

    To dive; to penetrate. A barbarous word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We cannot profound into the hidden things of nature, nor see the first springs that set the rest a-going. Joseph Glanvill.

ChatGPT

  1. profound

    Profound refers to something that is very intense, deep, or having a significant impact. It can relate to knowledge, insight, understanding or emotions that are highly intellectual or extremely deep-seated. It often implies a depth of understanding, importance, or influence that is not superficial but penetrates beneath the surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profoundadjective

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

  2. Profoundadjective

    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. Profoundadjective

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

  4. Profoundadjective

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

  5. Profoundnoun

    the deep; the sea; the ocean

  6. Profoundnoun

    an abyss

  7. Profoundverb

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

  8. Profoundverb

    to dive deeply; to penetrate

  9. 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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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

Examples of profound in a Sentence

  1. Marie Antoinette:

    I feel profound sorrow in leaving my poor children: you know that I only lived for them and for you, my good and tender sister. You who out of love have sacrificed everything to be with us, in what a position do I leave you!

  2. Gail Demmler:

    Sandra is quite a remarkable mom, she found me because she was trying to put together why her daughter had polymicrogyria and profound hearing loss, and she found that CMV is a possible cause of both of those.

  3. Ted Wheeler:

    As a father, I was particularly struck by what happened this weekend with two small children being shot, i don’t know how anyone in this community could hear about or read about or in some cases personally experience the kind of horrific violence we’ve seen this weekend and feel anything other than utter despair and a profound sense of sadness.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Barbara Bush strength and toughness really embodied the spirit of our country, barbara Bush was a woman of proud patriotism and profound faith.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.

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