An example of figure is how a fact about global warming is important to the debate.
It figures that I miss my flight but my baggage gets loaded!
A figure in bronze; a figure cut in marble.
He cut a sorry figure standing there in the rain.
The muslin was of a pretty figure.
I can't figure if he's telling the truth or lying.
A famous historical figure.
Cut a dashing figure at the reception.
Figured the sum to be nearly a million.
“I found my keys in the sofa.” “Well, that figures, given that you were sitting there last night.”
A great social figure.
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.
- Used in the imperative to indicate the unexpectedness or absurdity of something.
- to add in; include
- to count on; rely on
- to consider as part of a scheme or project; plan on
- to solve; compute
- to understand; reason out
- to add; total
- try to understand; try to figure it out
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.