Today, the BLS revised that figure up to an impressive 332,000.
The Alamo had fallen, and now it was necessary to figure up results.
figure up the cost while the customer waits, if this is possible.
He draws his figure up, for while not a pugnacious man, he knows how to defend himself.
Bailey hovered over the stove, trying to figure up some accounts.
Never before had it occurred to him to figure up to see whether honesty really paid.
I tried to figure up the time I was wasting on that mop of mine.
figure up how much the theater costs, and whatever Gordon hasn't paid, I will.
At this the French agent draws his figure up with much pomposity.
At that time the county had much virgin soil and it was not a hard matter to figure up the population of the state.
early 13c., "visible form or appearance of a person," from Old French figure (10c.) "shape, body, form, figure; symbol, allegory," from Latin figura "a shape, form, figure," from PIE *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough); originally in English with meaning "numeral," but sense of "form, likeness" is almost as old (mid-13c.).
Philosophical and scientific senses are from Latin figura being used to translate Greek skhema. The rhetorical use of figure dates to late 14c.; hence figure of speech (1824). Figure eight as a shape was originally figure of eight (c.1600).
late 14c., "to represent" (in a picture); see figure (n.). Meaning "to shape into" is early 15c.; "to picture in the mind" is from c.1600; "to make an appearance" is c.1600. Meaning "work out a sum" is from 1833, American English. Related: Figured; figuring.
figure fig·ure (fĭg'yər)
A form or shape, as of the human body.
A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.