Main definitions of bio in English

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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.’

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.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

bio

/ˈbʌɪəʊ/