Main definitions of bio in English

: bio1bio2

bio1

noun

informal
  • A biography or short biographical profile of someone.

    ‘an unauthorized bio’
    ‘reading the photographers' bios is fascinating’
    • ‘Clinton's bio, as I read it - and I'm about 300 pages in - is a new kind of bio, a Boomer bio of an American President.’
    • ‘It's not a biography (although a brief bio of Powell is included).’
    • ‘Other special features include a brief biography of profiler Pat Brown, as well as cast bios that seem directly lifted from the Season One release.’
    • ‘He also whips out some familiar tricks, like introducing a string of characters by rewinding their individual bios in two-minute flashback montages as Tautou narrates.’
    • ‘These days he's mostly an editor of anthologies, and I have spent too long driving him mad by forgetting to sign contracts or write amusing bios and anecdotes for him, for his books.’
    • ‘There are 10 ‘Fighter Profiles’: text bios of actors appearing in the compiled scenes.’
    • ‘But… well, she's either read my books wrong, or she was so busy trying to translate my bio into a series of how-to tips that she never read them at all.’
    • ‘The only extras are cast and crew biographies, and even for cast/crew bios, are pretty skimpy.’
    • ‘Before I give brief bios of Robert and Mike, I thought I'd include some of the comments from readers on the Borden / Pearson showdown.’
    • ‘The bios say she is 5ft 6in, but she seems much taller, her athletic figure - or perhaps her forceful personality - lending her extra height.’
    • ‘I also have several bios / profiles from some of the writers.’
    • ‘Every single member of the board is married with children, something which is specified in their bios - like a qualification.’
    • ‘The first two bios in the series are available: Bo Diddley here, Chuck Berry here.’
    • ‘Also included are a filmmaker bio, a bio for Van Gogh, and a catalog of other discs from Docurama.’
    • ‘If you want to know more about them, check out their official website, where you can see pictures, read bios, leave messages on their BBS and read their blog.’

adjective

informal
  • Biographical.

    ‘you can find bio information and photos on her website’
    • ‘Please provide your Current Contact and Bio Information for the 40th Reunion Book.’
    • ‘It is easy to use and navigate and users can maintain their bio information themselves.’
    • ‘Permission to reprint this article is granted if the article is reproduced in its entirety, without editing, including the bio information.’
    • ‘He remembered enough of her bio details from the compound records that he could probably track down a phone number.’
    • ‘Single-screen text bio sketches of the interviewees are also available.’
    • ‘Author agrees to give Publisher the right to use the author's name, likeness, title of book, and bio material for publishing, advertising and promoting the work.’
    • ‘A new patient came into the office recently and told me she picked me over my partners because of the sheer amount of material displayed under my generic bio information on our practice website.’
    • ‘Basically, it's is a Spotify app that adds liner notes, bio details, and all sorts of credits back into the experience.’
    • ‘The performer must also provide a photo, and PR and bio information for our booking agent to review.’
    • ‘At the top of the list was my PCMag bio information, likely the most searched or viewed URL containing my name.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

bio

/ˈbʌɪəʊ/

Main definitions of bio in English

: bio1bio2

bio2

noun

US
informal
  • [mass noun] Biology.

    ‘I majored in bio and I'm waiting to see about med school’
    • ‘Even her lab partner in bio, who she had never hung out with outside of biology class, had given her a sad look and offered her 24-hour support.’
    • ‘My school encourages us to take bio, then chem, then physics, but because of our term system we can double up on sciences.’
    • ‘She's a bio major trying to decide between pre-med and biomedical engineering.’
    • ‘We know about immunology; Margaret took her bio class last term!’
    • ‘I have been very pleased with my experience as a bio major.’
    • ‘I knew that I wanted a psychology minor but I was undecided between a chem or bio major.’
    • ‘Grade 12 diploma marks arrived today and I pulled off a 91 in bio and a less-than thrilling 95 in English.’
    • ‘I believe (bio class was a long time ago) that cells can communicate chemically and tell other cells, "hey, join up here.’
    • ‘I got the highest grade in my class in bio and business law.’
    • ‘If he sits behind you in bio, turn around and take a look.’

adjective

informal
  • Biological.

    ‘dogs are used at the airport to sniff out plant and other bio materials’
    ‘he's never met his bio dad’
    • ‘This stool, made from the bio material, can hold all of his approximately 200 pounds.’
    • ‘When bio material freezes slowly it creates crystal-structures that can puncture the cellular wall and destroy it.’
    • ‘Since you are a functioning stepmother, involved in the children's lives and married to the dad, having the same information that the bio mom and dad have helps you help the children.’
    • ‘We are in touch with some of her bio siblings.’
    • ‘Her bio mother gave her up for adoption.’
    • ‘My bio dad walked out on me when I was two.’
    • ‘A Foreign Office minister said that the export of bio materials had not broken international rules.’
    • ‘We were terrified that we would have a situation where the bio mother would change her mind, and we would lose the child.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

bio

/ˈbʌɪəʊ/