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.
Origin of figure
British Dictionary definitions for figure in
- a person as impressed on the mindthe figure of Napoleon
- (in combination)father-figure
Derived Formsfigureless, adjectivefigurer, noun
Word Origin for figure
Medicine definitions for figure in
Idioms and Phrases with figure in (1 of 2)
Include, add in. For example, Did you figure in the travel expense?
Play a part in, as in His speaking ability definitely figured in his being chosen for the lead, or Their reduced income figures in all their recent decisions.
Idioms and Phrases with figure in (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with figure
- figure in
- figure on
- figure out
- figure up
- ballpark figure
- in round numbers (figures)
- it figures