verb (used with object), fig·ured, fig·ur·ing.
- to embellish with passing notes or other decorations.
- to write figures above or below (a bass part) to indicate accompanying chords.
verb (used without object), fig·ured, fig·ur·ing.
- to count or rely on.
- to take into consideration; plan on: You had better figure on running into heavy traffic leaving the city.
- to understand; solve: We couldn't figure out where all the money had gone.
- to calculate; compute.
- figurate number,
- figurative language,
- figure and ground,
- figure eight,
- figure eight suture,
- figure in,
- figure of eight
Origin of figure
Examples from the Web for figure
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.
Several of them disputed the figure of six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust.
Iggy Azalea herself might not even understand how polarizing and important a figure Iggy Azalea has become.
Meanwhile, politicos were already trying to figure out their next play.
I figure if he just says jute enough times, it will all pass and we'll get back to the scene.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The figure was clearly alien, though startlingly humanoid—at least from the waist up, which was all that showed in the screen.A Matter of Magnitude|Al Sevcik
Mrs. Parflete is a beautiful creature, but quite a child, and therefore weedy as to figure.Robert Orange|John Oliver Hobbes
A figure, seen indistinctly in the darkness, stood before her.From Canal Boy to President|Horatio Alger, Jr.
The figure is broken at the waist, and the upper part is thrown back on the ground.What We Saw in Egypt|Anonymous
In direct truth the figure might well be the work of Niccol Liberatore, and is conceived on the lines of his school.Great Masters in Painting: Perugino|George C. Williamson
- a person as impressed on the mindthe figure of Napoleon
- (in combination)father-figure
Word Origin for figure
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with figure
- figure in
- figure on
- figure out
- figure up
- ballpark figure
- in round numbers (figures)
- it figures