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English definition of “figure sth/sb out”

figure sth/sb out

informal phrasal verb with figure     /ˈfɪɡ.ər/ US  /-jʊr/ verb
B2 to finally understand something or someone, or find the solution to a problem after a lot of thought: [+ question word] I can't figure out why he did it. I find him really odd - I can't figure him out at all. Can you figure out the answer to question 5?Understanding and comprehendingSolving and solutions
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