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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 number, especially one which forms part of official statistics or relates to the financial performance of a company:

      a numerical symbol, especially any of the ten in Arabic notation:

    • verb

      have a significant part or role in a situation or process:

      calculate or work out (an amount or value) arithmetically:

    • noun

      a type of ice skate having a long, narrow blade with a serrated edge at the front, used in figure skating:
    • verb

      engage in figure skating as a sport or pastime:
    • noun

      an older man who is respected for his paternal qualities and may be an emotional substitute for a father:
    • said to express the belief that something is amazing or incredible
    • noun

      a dummy or jointed manikin of a human body used by artists, especially for arranging drapery on.
    • noun

      the competitive sport of ice skating in prescribed patterns (figures) and choreographed free skating.
    • noun

      a doll representing a person or fictional character known for vigorous action, such as a soldier or superhero. The figure typically is posable, with jointed limbs.
    • noun

      a writer, musician, artist, or other public figure who is greatly admired by a relatively small audience or is influential despite limited commercial success:
    • adjective

      relating to or denoting the perception of images by the distinction of objects from a background from which they appear to stand out, especially in contexts where this distinction is ambiguous:
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