I UK [ˈfɪɡə(r)] / US [ˈfɪɡjər] noun
Word forms "figure":
singular figure plural figures
1) [countable, often plural] an official number that has been counted or calculated

Government figures show a continued decline in unemployment.

This year's sales figures were excellent.

The final inflation figure was 6.5% for the year.

a) British a number

She sat and stared at the figures on the page.

single/double figures (= a number above/below 10):

Inflation has reached double figures for the first time in 15 years.

b) an amount of money

What kind of figure are we looking at for this project?

put a figure on something:

It's difficult to put an exact figure on the rebuilding work.

three/four/five/six figures:

The chairman's bonus payment could well reach six figures this year.

c) figures
[plural] calculations that you do using numbers have a good head for figures:

I've never had a good head for figures.

2) [countable] someone who is important in some way
a prominent/key/leading figure:

She was the dominant figure in British politics in the 1980s.

3) [countable] the shape of the body of someone you do not know

A small figure appeared in the doorway.

a) a picture or model of someone

There are three figures in the foreground.

a stone figure of a man

b) the shape of a woman's body, for example whether she is fat or thin

How to achieve the perfect figure without dieting.

Now in her fifties, she still has a fabulous figure.

keep your figure (= stay thin):

After a certain age, you have to work hard to keep your figure.

watch your figure (= be careful about what you eat so that you do not become fat):

No cake for me, thanks, I have to watch my figure.

4) [countable] maths a shape in mathematics

a five-sided figure

5) [countable] a drawing in a book that gives information

Figure 8 illustrates changing patterns of employment over the years.

a father/mother figure — someone who is considered by others to be like a father or mother


II UK [ˈfɪɡə(r)] / US [ˈfɪɡjər] verb
Word forms "figure":
present tense I/you/we/they figure he/she/it figures present participle figuring past tense figured past participle figured
1) [intransitive] to be an important part of something
figure in:

Marriage doesn't figure in their plans.

figure prominently:

This issue will figure prominently in the next election.

2) [intransitive/transitive] informal to believe that something is true, although you do not know for certain
figure (that):

I figured that Joe would have received my letter by now.

it/that figuresspoken used for saying that something seems reasonable; spoken used for saying that you are not surprised when something bad happens to you

It figures that I'd break my leg as soon as the skiing season started.

Phrasal verbs:

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