Figure - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪɡjər|  American pronunciation of the word figure
Brit.  |ˈfɪɡə|  British pronunciation of the word figure

noun

- a diagram or picture illustrating textual material (syn: fig)
- alternative names for the body of a human being (syn: anatomy, bod, build, chassis, flesh, form, frame, physique, shape, soma)
- one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration (syn: digit)
- a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
- a well-known or notable person(syn: name)
- a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
- an amount of money expressed numerically

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verb

- judge to be probable (syn: calculate, estimate, forecast, reckon)
- be or play a part of or in(syn: enter)
- imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind (syn: envision, fancy, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize)
- make a mathematical calculation or computation (syn: calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, reckon)
- understand

Examples

Are you sure of your figures?

I came up with a very different figure.

No precise figures are available yet.

The company had yearly sales figures of half a million units.

We could barely make out some figures moving in the mist.

The vase is decorated with figures of birds and fish.

The walls of the cave are covered with drawings of human and animal figures.

A collection of bronze figures

She figures to finish by noon.

The debate over tax rates figured prominently in the last election.

“They lost.” “I figured as much.”

The gown showed off her lovely figure.

Michelangelo was one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance.

She bought a scarf printed with a spiral figure.

I was never much good at figures.

Phrasal verbs

figure out  — find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: figure
he/she/it: figures
present participle: figuring
past tense: figured
past participle: figured
noun
singular: figure
plural: figures
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