profound

  • 1 Profound — Pro*found , a. [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See {Found} to establish, {Bottom} lowest part.] 1. Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep. A gulf profound. Milton. [1913… …

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  • 2 profound — [prō found′, prəfound′] adj. [ME < OFr profund < L profundus < pro , forward (see PRO 2) + fundus, BOTTOM] 1. very deep or low [a profound abyss, sleep, etc.] 2. marked by intellectual depth [a profound discussion] 3. i …

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  • 3 profound — [adj1] intellectual, thoughtful abstruse, acroamatic, deep, difficult, discerning, enlightened, erudite, esoteric, heavy*, hermetic, informed, intellectual, intelligent, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, mysterious, occult, Orphic, penetrating,… …

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  • 4 Profound — Pro*found , n. 1. The deep; the sea; the ocean. [1913 Webster] God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice commanders drowned. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. An abyss. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 profound — (adj.) c.1300, characterized by intellectual depth, from O.Fr. profund (late 12c.), from L. profundus deep, bottomless, vast, also obscure, profound, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + fundus bottom (see FUND (Cf. fund) (n.)). The literal and… …

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  • 6 Profound — Pro*found , v. t. To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Profound — Pro*found , v. i. To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 profound — I (esoteric) adjective abstruse, acroamatic, acroamatical, acroatic, astute, complicated, erudite, esoteric, gnostic, intellectual, intellectually deep, knowing, learned, oracular, penetrating, perceptive, philosophical, recondite, reflective,… …

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  • 9 profound — *deep, abysmal Analogous words: penetrating, probing, piercing (see ENTER): scrutinizing, inspecting, examining (see SCRUTINIZE) Antonyms: shallow …

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  • 10 profound — ► ADJECTIVE (profounder, profoundest) 1) very great or intense. 2) showing great knowledge or insight. 3) demanding deep study or thought. 4) archaic very deep. DERIVATIVES profoundly adverb …

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  • 11 profound — 01. The death of her father at an early age had a [profound] effect on Baptista. 02. There is a [profound] difference in thinking between the two leaders, which makes reaching an agreement extremely difficult. 03. People were [profoundly] shocked …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 profound */*/ — UK [prəˈfaʊnd] / US adjective Word forms profound : adjective profound comparative profounder superlative profoundest 1) a) very great a profound change in the climate of the Earth The difference between the beginners and the intermediate class… …

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  • 13 profound — pro|found [prəˈfaund] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: profond deep , from Latin profundus, from fundus bottom ] 1.) having a strong influence or effect profound effect/influence/impact/consequence etc ▪ Tolstoy s experiences of war… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 profound — pro|found [ prə faund ] adjective ** 1. ) very great: a profound change in the climate of the Earth The difference between the beginners and the intermediate class was profound. This is a scientific discovery of profound significance. a profound… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 profound — profoundly, adv. profoundness, n. /preuh fownd /, adj., profounder, profoundest, n. adj. 1. penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker. 2. originating in or… …

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  • 16 profound — [[t]prəfa͟ʊnd[/t]] profounder, profoundest 1) ADJ GRADED (emphasis) You use profound to emphasize that something is very great or intense. ...discoveries which had a profound effect on many areas of medicine. ...profound disagreement... The… …

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  • 17 profound — pro•found [[t]prəˈfaʊnd[/t]] adj. er, est, n. 1) showing deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker[/ex] 2) originating in the depths of one s being: profound grief[/ex] 3) going beyond what is superficial or obvious: profound insight[/ex] …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 profound — adjective 1 showing strong, serious feelings: I owe you a profound apology. 2 having a strong influence or effect: The mother s behavior has a profound impact on the developing child. 3 showing great knowledge and understanding: a profound remark …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 profound — /prəˈfaʊnd / (say pruh fownd) adjective 1. penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge: a profound thinker. 2. intense; extreme: profound sleep. 3. being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious:… …

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  • 20 profound — adjective 1) profound relief Syn: heartfelt, intense, keen, great, extreme, acute, severe, sincere, earnest, deep, deep seated, overpowering, overwhelming, fervent, ardent Ant …

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