The definition of a figure is a number, a certain amount of money, a person's body shape or a notable person with an important or unique characteristic.(noun)
To figure is defined as to play an important role in something.(verb)
An example of figure is how a fact about global warming is important to the debate.
See figure in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr < L figura < fingere, to form, shape: see dough
Origin: ME figuren < the n.
See figure in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin figūra; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
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