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figure

noun [C] uk   /ˈfɪɡ.ər/ us    /-jʊr/

figure noun [C] (NUMBER)

B1 the symbol for a number or an amount expressed in numbers: Can you read this figure? Is it a three or an eight? Write the amount in both words and figures. I looked quickly down the column of figures. He earns a six-figure salary (= an amount of money with six figures).Numbers generally in single/double figures C2 between 1 and 9/between 10 and 99: The job vacancies are now in double figures.Terms for numbers

figure noun [C] (SHAPE)

B2 the shape of the human body, or a person: I could see two tall figures in the distance. A strange bearded figure (= person) entered the room.figurative She was a central/key/leading figure in (= was an important person in) the movement for constitutional reform.The bodyPeople in general a painting, drawing, or model of a person: There are several reclining figures in the painting.Pictures B1 a woman's body shape: She's got a beautiful figure. She got her figure back (= returned to her usual shape) after having the baby.The body

figure noun [C] (PICTURE)

B2 (written abbreviation fig.) a picture or drawing, often with a number, in a book or other document: Please see figures 8 and 9.Tables, graphs and diagramsPictures

figure

verb uk   /ˈfɪɡ.ər/ us    /-jʊr/

figure verb (EXPECT)

B1 [I] mainly US to expect or think that something will happen: [+ (that)] We figured (that) you'd want to rest after your trip.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping

figure verb (APPEAR)

[I usually + adv/prep] to be, appear, take part, or be included in something: Their names did not figure in the list of finalists. They denied that violence and intimidation had figured prominently in achieving the decision.Including and containingComprising and consisting of

figure verb (NUMBER)

[T] US to calculate an amount: I'm still figuring my taxes.Calculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Phrasal verbs
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