Figure meaning

fĭgyər
To figure is defined as to play an important role in something.

An example of figure is how a fact about global warming is important to the debate.

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(logic) Any one of the forms that a syllogism can take, depending on the position of the middle term.
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(music) A brief melodic or harmonic unit often constituting the basis of a larger phrase or structure.
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A person, animal, or object that symbolizes something.
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A pictorial or sculptural representation, especially of the human body.
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The outline or shape of something; form.
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To ornament with a design.
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To compute with figures.
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(informal) To believe; consider; decide.
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(music) To indicate chords for (the bass) by writing the appropriate figures next to the notes.
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To do arithmetic.
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To represent in definite form; give a shape to.
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To adorn with a design or figures.
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A likeness or representation of a person or thing.
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A sum of money.
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(informal) To consider; calculate.
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(informal) To be just as expected or as anticipated.

It figures that I miss my flight but my baggage gets loaded!

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A drawing or diagram conveying information.
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The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modelling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body.

A figure in bronze; a figure cut in marble.

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A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.
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The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person.

He cut a sorry figure standing there in the rain.

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A human figure, which dress or corset must fit to; the shape of a human body.
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A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.

The muslin was of a pretty figure.

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A dance figure, a complex dance move.
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A figure of speech.
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(logic) The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
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(astrology) A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.

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(music) Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.

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(music) A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a motif; a florid embellishment.
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To solve a mathematical problem.
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To come to understand.

I can't figure if he's telling the truth or lying.

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(intransitive) To be reasonable.
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To enter, be a part of.
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To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.
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To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
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(music) To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
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(music) To embellish.
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A person, especially a well-known one.

A famous historical figure.

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Impression or appearance made.

Cut a dashing figure at the reception.

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(mathematics) To calculate with numbers.

Figured the sum to be nearly a million.

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To make a likeness of; depict.
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(mathematics) To calculate; compute.
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(informal) To seem reasonable or expected.

“I found my keys in the sofa.” “Well, that figures, given that you were sitting there last night.”

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A person, esp. one seen or thought of in a specified way.

A great social figure.

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An illustration; diagram; picture; drawing.
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An artistic design in fabrics, etc.; pattern.
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(dancing, skating) A series or pattern of steps or movements.
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(geom.) A surface or space bounded on all sides by lines or planes.
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(logic) The form of a syllogism with reference to the use of the middle term as variously the subject or the predicate of the premises.
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(music) A series of consecutive tones or chords forming a distinct group which with other similar groups completes a phrase or theme; motif.
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To represent mentally; imagine.
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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.

An example of a figure is the number 2.

An example of a figure is when you ask for a price for an item.

An example of a figure is a stocky person or a think person.

An example of a figure is a person you see far off in the distance who is in shadows.

An example of a figure is someone who stands in for a father.

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go figure
  • Used in the imperative to indicate the unexpectedness or absurdity of something.
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figure in
  • to add in; include
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figure on
  • to count on; rely on
  • to consider as part of a scheme or project; plan on
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figure out
  • to solve; compute
  • to understand; reason out
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figure up
  • to add; total
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go figure!
  • try to understand; try to figure it out
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of figure

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin figūra dheigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English figure, from Old French figure, from Latin figura (“form, shape, form of a word, a figure of speech, Late Latin a sketch, drawing”), from fingere (“to form, shape, mold, fashion”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- (“to mold, shape, form, knead”). Cognate with Ancient Greek τεῖχος (teikhos), Sanskrit देग्धि (degdhi), Old English dāg (“dough”). More at dough.

    From Wiktionary