Meaning of “figure sth/sb out” in the English Dictionary


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figure sth/sb out

phrasal verb with figure uk /ˈfɪɡ.ər/ us /ˈfɪɡ.jɚ/ 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?

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