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verb (intr, preposition) informal, mainly US and Canadian

to depend on (support or help)
to take into consideration

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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
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figure on

1

Depend on, count on, as in We figured on your support.

2

Take into consideration, expect, as in We figured on his being late.

3

Plan, as in We'll figure on leaving at noon. All three colloquial usages date from about 1900.

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