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figure

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈfɪɡər/
an amount shown as a number, used especially in documents and reports: Overall Christmas sales figures released earlier this week were disappointing.official/government figures US exports to Saudi Arabia were valued at 6.2 billion dollars, according to official figures.latest/final/interim figure The latest figures show that average spending on food is now around 15% of income.closing/opening/preliminary figure Many professionals prefer this chart as it shows the full range of the price movements rather than just the closing figure.a high/low figure A high figure may indicate that the economy is overheating, as consumers borrow in order to live beyond their means.average/rough/approximate figure He was able to give me an approximate figure of £36,000. In five years they plan to have 2,010 stores - almost double the current figure.the actual/exact figure I can't remember the exact figure, but it was $10 billion or thereabouts.unemployment/crime figures There was positive news in the labour market, with unexpectedly good unemployment figures.listening/viewing/attendance figures Listening figures for the breakfast show have risen, helping the station push its audience share back over 10 per cent.
a number shown as a symbol rather than a word: The figure 6 was clearly marked on the door. Write 'twelve thousand and fifty six' in figures.
an important or well-known person: public/industry/political figure Public figures from athletes to religious leaders have campaigned on the issue.central/key/major figure She is a central figure in the sport and the president of its dominant organization.senior/leading/prominent figure The controversial paper was attacked by many prominent figures within the scientific establishment.government/corporate figure Normally a routine overseas trip by a government figure would hardly warrant attention.
put a figure on sth to give an exact amount or number: It is difficult to put a figure on the cost of the repair work, as it is still rising.
single/double figures the numbers 1 to 9/10 to 99: Many of these companies have low price-earnings ratios, some in single figures. There are fears that inflation could soon run into double figures.
six-figure/seven-figure used to describe a number in the hundreds of thousands or millions: She has a top City job with a six-figure salary.
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