Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “figure”

figure

noun [C]  /ˈfɪɡ·jər/ us  

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]  /ˈfɪɡ·jər/ us  

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!"
(Definition of figure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of figure?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Including and containing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Including and excluding topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “figure” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More