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Meaning of profound

pro•found

Pronunciation: (pru-found'), [key]
— adj., n. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker.
  2. originating in or penetrating to the depths of one's being; profound grief.
  3. being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious: profound insight.
  4. of deep meaning; of great and broadly inclusive significance: a profound book.
  5. pervasive or intense; thorough; complete: a profound silence.
  6. extending, situated, or originating far down, or far beneath the surface: the profound depths of the ocean.
  7. low: a profound bow.
  8. deep.
—n.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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