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

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More