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prəˈfaʊndpro·found

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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.

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. Roma Khanna:

    We can confirm the passing of Andre Harrell, everyone in the REVOLT family is devastated by the loss of our friend, mentor and Vice Chairman. Andre's impact on Hip Hop, the culture and on all of us personally has been immeasurable and profound. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. William Orville Douglas:

    The Second Amendment reveals a profound principle of American government - the principle of civilian ascendency over the military.

  3. President Obama:

    We extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people, history will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around Raul Castro. … For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements.

  4. Prince Charles:

    On behalf of the nation, I would particularly like to express my profound gratitude for the valor and sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives to keep us safe, to remember their families who mourn, and to recognize those who continue to serve in order to safeguard our freedoms.

  5. Andy Barr:

    You couldn't have a more important congressional election that will make a difference in the future of the US House of Representatives, you have an opportunity to make a profound difference in the cause for life in November.

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