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figure

noun [C]  us   /ˈfɪɡ·jər/

figure noun [C] (NUMBER)

a number or an amount: The collection was valued at $20 million, a figure that might cover the cost of having artists recreate the drawings.

figure noun [C] (SHAPE)

a shape or form: geometric/abstract figures

figure noun [C] (BODY)

the shape of a person’s body, or a body seen not clearly or from a distance: I could see two figures crossing the field in the distance.

figure noun [C] (PERSON)

A particular type of figure is a person with that characteristic: Our consultants are prominent figures in their field.

figure noun [C] (PICTURE)

(abbreviation fig.) a picture or drawing, often numbered, in a book or document: Figure 10.3 shows the maximum length of the bridges.

figure

verb [I/T]  us   /ˈfɪɡ·jər/

figure verb [I/T] (EXPECT)

to expect, believe, decide, or think that something will happen or that certain conditions will exist: [+ (that) clause] They figured (that) about twenty people would be there. [I] You can’t figure on going out and being back in two hours. fig. If something figures, you are unhappy about it but you expected it: [I] "He’ll be late for dinner." "That figures!"
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