Main definitions of bio in US English:

: bio1bio2

bio1

noun

informal
  • A biography or short biographical profile of someone.

    ‘the latest in a series of unauthorized bios’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first two bios in the series are available: Bo Diddley here, Chuck Berry here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not a biography (although a brief bio of Powell is included).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every single member of the board is married with children, something which is specified in their bios - like a qualification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only extras are cast and crew biographies, and even for cast/crew bios, are pretty skimpy.’
    • ‘The bios say she is 5ft 6in, but she seems much taller, her athletic figure - or perhaps her forceful personality - lending her extra height.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also included are a filmmaker bio, a bio for Van Gogh, and a catalog of other discs from Docurama.’
    • ‘There are 10 ‘Fighter Profiles’: text bios of actors appearing in the compiled scenes.’
    • ‘I also have several bios / profiles from some of the writers.’

adjective

informal
  • Biographical.

    ‘it was excluded from her official bio material’
    • ‘He remembered enough of her bio details from the compound records that he could probably track down a phone number.’
    • ‘Please provide your Current Contact and Bio Information for the 40th Reunion Book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is easy to use and navigate and users can maintain their bio information themselves.’
    • ‘The performer must also provide a photo, and PR and bio information for our booking agent to review.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Permission to reprint this article is granted if the article is reproduced in its entirety, without editing, including the bio information.’
    • ‘Single-screen text bio sketches of the interviewees are also available.’
    • ‘At the top of the list was my PCMag bio information, likely the most searched or viewed URL containing my name.’
    • ‘Basically, it's is a Spotify app that adds liner notes, bio details, and all sorts of credits back into the experience.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

bio

/ˈbaɪoʊ//ˈbīō/

Main definitions of bio in US English:

: bio1bio2

bio2

noun

US
informal
  • Biology.

    ‘I majored in bio and I'm waiting to see about med school’
    • ‘Grade 12 diploma marks arrived today and I pulled off a 91 in bio and a less-than thrilling 95 in English.’
    • ‘If he sits behind you in bio, turn around and take a look.’
    • ‘I knew that I wanted a psychology minor but I was undecided between a chem or bio major.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been very pleased with my experience as a bio major.’
    • ‘She's a bio major trying to decide between pre-med and biomedical engineering.’
    • ‘My school encourages us to take bio, then chem, then physics, but because of our term system we can double up on sciences.’
    • ‘We know about immunology; Margaret took her bio class last term!’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

informal
  • Biological.

    ‘he's never met his bio dad’
    ‘studying the effects of bio treatment’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My bio dad walked out on me when I was two.’
    • ‘This stool, made from the bio material, can hold all of his approximately 200 pounds.’
    • ‘Her bio mother gave her up for adoption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When bio material freezes slowly it creates crystal-structures that can puncture the cellular wall and destroy it.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

bio

/ˈbaɪoʊ//ˈbīō/