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 out (1 of 2)

figure out


verb (tr, adverb; may take a clause as object) informal

to calculate or reckon
to understand

British Dictionary definitions for figure out (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 out

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 out (1 of 2)

figure out


1

Discover or determine, as in Let's figure out a way to help. [Early 1900s]

2

Solve or decipher, as in Can you figure out this puzzle? [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with figure out (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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