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profound +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈfaʊndli/
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  • Hyphenation: pro‧found‧ly


profoundly (comparative more profoundly, superlative most profoundly)

  1. (manner) With depth, meaningfully.
    He thought and wrote profoundly.
  2. (evaluative) Very importantly.
    More profoundly, it has shaken our most fundamental assumptions.
  3. (degree) Deeply; very; strongly or forcefully.
    From his childhood, she was profoundly troubled.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      Leo was sleeping profoundly, and on the whole I thought it wise not to wake him.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 11:
      In fact, the influence of signage in a certain area may exist anywhere on a continuum from profoundly effective to utterly trivial or completely insignificant, irrespective of the intent motivating the signs.