fig|ure1 W1S1 [ˈfıgə US ˈfıgjər] n
2¦(amount of money)¦
4¦(woman's body)¦
5 father/mother/authority figure
6 figures
7¦(mathematical shape)¦
10 put a figure on it/give an exact figure
11 a fine figure of a man/woman
12 a figure of fun
13¦(on ice)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: Latin figura, from fingere 'to shape, make']
1.) ¦(NUMBER)¦
a) [usually plural]
a number representing an amount, especially an official number
unemployment/sales/trade figures
Ohio's employment figures for December
Government figures underestimate the problem.
It's about 30,000 in round figures (=to the nearest 10, 20, 100 etc) .
b) a number from 0 to 10, written as a sign rather than a word
the figure '2'
executives with salaries in six figures (=more than £99,000)
a four/five/six figure number
(=a number in the thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands etc)
a particular amount of money
figure of
an estimated figure of $200 million
3.) ¦(PERSON)¦
a) someone who is important or famous in some way
a leading/key/central figure
Several leading figures resigned from the party.
the outstanding political figure of his time
b) someone with a particular type of appearance or character, especially when they are far away or difficult to see
a tall figure in a hat
Through the window I could see the commanding figure of Mrs Bradshaw.
cult figure atcult2
4.) ¦(WOMAN'S BODY)¦
the shape of a woman's body
She has a good figure .
keep/lose your figure
(=stay thin or become fat)
Most women have to watch their figure (=be careful not to get fat) .
5.) father/mother/authority figure
someone who is considered to be like a father etc, or to represent authority, because of their character or behaviour
6.) figures [plural] BrE
the activity of adding, multiplying etc numbers
a natural ability with figures
have a head for figures
(=be good at arithmetic)
a ↑geometric shape
A hexagon is a six-sided figure.
a person in a painting or a model of a person
the figure in the background
9.) ¦(DRAWING)¦
written abbreviation fig.
a numbered drawing or a ↑diagram in a book
10.) put a figure on it/give an exact figure
to say exactly how much something is worth, or how much or how many of something you are talking about
It's worth a lot but I couldn't put a figure on it.
11.) a fine figure of a man/woman
someone who is tall and has a good body
12.) a figure of fun
someone who people laugh at
13.) ¦(ON ICE)¦
a pattern or movement in ↑figure skating
figure 2
figure2 W3S2 v
to be an important part of a process, event, or situation, or to be included in something
figure in/among
Environmental issues figured prominently in the talks.
My wishes didn't figure among his considerations.
Reform now figures high on the agenda.
2.) [T] [i]informal
to form a particular opinion after thinking about a situation
figure (that)
From the way he behaved, I figured that he was drunk.
It was worth the trouble, I figured.
3.) that figures/(it) figures
spoken especially AmE
a) used to say that something that happens is expected or typical, especially something bad
'It rained the whole weekend.' 'Oh, that figures.'
b) used to say that something is reasonable or makes sense
It figures that she'd be mad at you, after what you did.
4.) go figure
AmE spoken said to show that you think something is strange or difficult to explain
'He didn't even leave a message.' 'Go figure.'
5.) [T] AmE
to calculate an amount
I'm just figuring my expenses.
figure on [figure on sth] phr v
to expect something or include it in your plans
She was younger than any of us had figured on.
figure out [figure sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to think about a problem or situation until you find the answer or understand what has happened
figure out how/what/why etc
Can you figure out how to do it?
If I have a map, I can figure it out.
Don't worry, we'll figure something out (=find a way to solve the problem) .
2.) to understand why someone behaves in the way they do
Women. I just can't figure them out.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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