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PROFOUND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does profound mean? 

PROFOUND (adjective)
  The adjective PROFOUND has 6 senses:

1. showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths; from the depths of your being
2. of the greatest intensity; complete
3. far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something
4. coming from deep within one
5. (of sleep) deep and complete
6. situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed

  Familiarity information: PROFOUND used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROFOUND (adjective)


Sense 1profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths; from the depths of your being

Context examples:

the differences are profound / a profound insight / a profound book / a profound mind / profound contempt / profound regret

Similar:

deep (marked by depth of thinking)

thoughtful (having intellectual depth)

Also:

intense (in an extreme degree)

scholarly (characteristic of scholars or scholarship)

Antonym:

superficial (being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually)


Sense 2profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the greatest intensity; complete

Context examples:

a profound silence / a state of profound shock

Similar:

intense (in an extreme degree)


Sense 3profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

fundamental; profound

Context examples:

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

Similar:

important; significant (important in effect or meaning)


Sense 4profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coming from deep within one

Context example:

a profound sigh

Similar:

deep (relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply)


Sense 5profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of sleep) deep and complete

Synonyms:

wakeless; profound; sound; heavy

Context examples:

a heavy sleep / fell into a profound sleep / a sound sleeper / deep wakeless sleep

Similar:

deep (relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply)


Sense 6profound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

unfathomed; unplumbed; unsounded; profound

Context examples:

the profound depths of the sea / the dark unfathomed caves of ocean / unplumbed depths of the sea / remote and unsounded caverns

Similar:

deep (having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination)


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