Origin of figured
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
Synonyms for figure
Related Words for figuredguess, add, estimate, resolve, conclude, discover, fathom, see, settle, suppose, determine, solve, think, count, totalize, tote, reckon, sum, tally, number
Examples from the Web for figured
Contemporary Examples of figured
Has L.A. figured out how to stop the epidemic it set loose on the world?The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
Although I was not free of eating disorder thoughts, I figured the worst of it was behind me.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
So this pool cleaner would always come around and talk to her, and I figured it would be a good idea for a movie.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
And though I was already upset at the whole thing, I figured I had to see it through to the end.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
He figured on letting the gospel, specifically Matthew 1:28, guide his homily.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of figured
I was enthusiastic over the production when I got it on paper and figured it.Her Father's Daughter
"Yes, they do say so," interrupted the old lady under the figured veil.Tiverton Tales
“That is about five thousand more than I figured on,” he murmured.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
The engineers must have figured this would be a good spot for a field test.Arm of the Law
I figured this colt to have a fair chance to win to-day, or be in the money at least.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- (of a bass part) provided with numerals indicating accompanying harmonies
- a person as impressed on the mindthe figure of Napoleon
- (in combination)father-figure
Word Origin for figure
late 14c., "to represent" (in a picture); see figure (n.). Meaning "to shape into" is early 15c.; "to picture in the mind" is from c.1600; "to make an appearance" is c.1600. Meaning "work out a sum" is from 1833, American English. Related: Figured; figuring.
early 13c., "visible form or appearance of a person," from Old French figure (10c.) "shape, body, form, figure; symbol, allegory," from Latin figura "a shape, form, figure," from PIE *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough); originally in English with meaning "numeral," but sense of "form, likeness" is almost as old (mid-13c.).
Philosophical and scientific senses are from Latin figura being used to translate Greek skhema. The rhetorical use of figure dates to late 14c.; hence figure of speech (1824). Figure eight as a shape was originally figure of eight (c.1600).
In addition to the idioms beginning with figure
- figure in
- figure on
- figure out
- figure up
- ballpark figure
- in round numbers (figures)
- it figures