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 on (1 of 2)
verb (intr, preposition) informal, mainly US and Canadian
British Dictionary definitions for figure on (2 of 2)
- 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 on
Idioms and Phrases with figure on (1 of 2)
Depend on, count on, as in We figured on your support.
Take into consideration, expect, as in We figured on his being late.
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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with figure
- figure in
- figure on
- figure out
- figure up
- ballpark figure
- in round numbers (figures)
- it figures