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Profound - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Profound' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Profound [ a.]
- Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep.
- 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.
- Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep.
- Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow.
2 . Profound [ n.]
- The deep; the sea; the ocean.
- An abyss.
3 . Profound [ v. i.]
- To dive deeply; to penetrate.
4 . Profound [ v. t.]
- To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down.

Meaning of 'Profound' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . profound [ a]
Meaning (1):
- showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
Example in sentence:
  • a profound book;
  • a profound insight;
  • a profound mind;
  • profound contempt;
  • profound regret;
  • the differences are profound
2 . profound [ s]
Meaning (2):
- (of sleep) deep and complete
Example in sentence:
  • a heavy sleep;
  • a sound sleeper;
  • deep wakeless sleep;
  • fell into a profound sleep
Meaning (3):
- coming from deep within one
Example in sentence:
  • a profound sigh
Meaning (4):
- of the greatest intensity; complete
Example in sentence:
  • a profound silence;
  • a state of profound shock
Meaning (5):
- far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something
Example in sentence:
  • committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance;
  • profound social changes;
  • the book underwent fundamental changes;
  • the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred
Meaning (6):
- situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed
Example in sentence:
  • remote and unsounded caverns;
  • the dark unfathomed caves of ocean;
  • the profound depths of the sea;
  • unplumbed depths of the sea