Idioms

    cut a figure. cut(defs 84, 85b).

Origin of figure

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin figūra shape, trope, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to shape) + -ūra -ure

SYNONYMS FOR figure

1 number.
5 See form.
8 personality.
23 reckon.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for figure on (1 of 2)

figure on

figure upon

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for figure on (2 of 2)

figure

/ (ˈfɪɡə, US ˈfɪɡjər) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

figureless, adjectivefigurer, noun

Word Origin for figure

C13: from Latin figūra a shape, from fingere to mould
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Medicine definitions for figure on

figure

[ fĭgyər ]

n.

A form or shape, as of the human body.
A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.

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Idioms and Phrases with figure on (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with figure on (2 of 2)

figure

In addition to the idioms beginning with figure

  • figure in
  • figure on
  • figure out
  • figure up

also see:

  • ballpark figure
  • in round numbers (figures)
  • it figures

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