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  1. fig·ure
  2. noun


    • 1. be a significant and noticeable part of something:

      the issue of nuclear policy figured prominently in the talks
      Synonym : feature, appear, be featured/mentioned, be referred to, participate, play a part, play a role, be conspicuous, have prominence, have a place, star
    • 2. (of a person) play a significant role in a situation or event:

      he figured largely in opposition to the bill
    • 3. (of a fictional character) play a part in a novel, play, or movie:

      the four characters who figure in Ridley's play
    • 4. calculate or work out (an amount or value) arithmetically:

      my accountant figured my tax wrong
      Synonym : calculate, work out, total, sum, reckon, compute, enumerate, determine, evaluate, quantify, assess, count, add up, put a figure on, tally, totalize, gauge, tot up, cast
    • 5. think, consider, or expect to be the case:

      for years, teachers had figured him for a dullard I figure that wearing a suit makes you look like a bank clerk
      Synonym : suppose, think, believe, fancy, consider, expect, take it, suspect, have a sneaking suspicion, sense, assume, dare say, conclude, take it as read, presume, be of the opinion, trust, deduce, infer, gather, glean, divine, guess
    • 6. (of a recent event or newly discovered fact) be logical and unsurprising:

      well, she supposed that figured
      Synonym : make sense, be understandable, seem reasonable, stand to reason, be to be expected, be logical, follow, add up, stand up, hold up, ring true, be convincing, be likely/probable, go without saying
    • 7. represent (something) in a diagram or picture:

      varieties of this Cape genus are figured from drawings made there
    • 8. embellish (something) with a design or pattern:

      the 11th-century silken dalmatic is figured with double-headed griffins a clock with a figured mahogany case
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: figure, plural noun: figures

    • v.: verb: figure, 3rd person present: figures, gerund or present participle: figuring, past tense: figured, past participle: figured

    • noun

      a particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing:

      a particular edition or translation of a book or other work:

    • verb

      create a new version of:
    • noun

      a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism:

      the literary genre represented or exemplified by novels:

    • (born 1928) US writer; full name William Joseph Kennedy. His novels include Ironweed (1983), Quinn's Book (1988), Very Old Bones (1992), and Roscoe (2002).
    • (1898–1970), US novelist, born in Germany. His first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929; movie, 1930), was an international success. The book and its sequel, The Road Back (1931), were banned by the Nazis in 1933. All of his 10 novels deal with the horror of war and its aftermath.
    • (1929–2002), US writer, theologian, and rabbi; born Herman Harold Potok. His novels include The Chosen (1967), The Book of Lights (1981), and I Am the Clay (1992). He also wrote nonfiction and plays.
    • (born 1932), US writer; full name Edward Morley Hoagland. His novels include Seven Rivers West (1986). He also wrote short stories such as those collected in The Final Fate of the Alligators (1992) and travel books, which include African Calliope (1979).
    • (born 1952), US poet and novelist. The youngest poet and the first African-American woman to hold the post of poet laureate of the US (1993–95), her work includes the Pulitzer Prize–winning book of poems Thomas and Beulah (1986) and the novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992).
    • noun

      an audiocassette or CD recording of a reading of a book, typically a novel.
    • noun

      a style of South Korean comic books and graphic novels:
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