figure noun - definition in the Business English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “figure”

See all translations

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.
(Definition of figure noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of figure?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “figure” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More