Meaning of FIGURE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ fɪgə(r), AM -gjər ]

( figures, figuring, figured)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A figure is a particular amount expressed as a number, especially a statistic.

It would be very nice if we had a true figure of how many people in this country haven’t got a job...

It will not be long before the inflation figure starts to fall...

New Government figures predict that one in two marriages will end in divorce.



A figure is any of the ten written symbols from 0 to 9 that are used to represent a number.

= digit



An amount or number that is in single figures is between zero and nine. An amount or number that is in double figures is between ten and ninety-nine. You can also say, for example, that an amount or number is in three figures when it is between one hundred and nine hundred and ninety-nine.

Inflation, which has usually been in single figures, is running at more than 12%...

Crawley, with 14, was the only other player to reach double figures...

N-PLURAL : adj / num N


You refer to someone that you can see as a figure when you cannot see them clearly or when you are describing them.

She waited, standing on the bridge, until his figure vanished against the grey backdrop of the Palace...

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft N of n


In art, a figure is a person in a drawing or a painting, or a statue of a person.

...a life-size bronze figure of a brooding, hooded woman.



Your figure is the shape of your body.

Take pride in your health and your figure...

Janet was a natural blonde with a good figure.

N-COUNT : with supp , oft poss / adj N


Someone who is referred to as a figure of a particular kind is a person who is well-known and important in some way.

The movement is supported by key figures in the three main political parties.

N-COUNT : with supp


If you say that someone is, for example, a mother figure or a hero figure , you mean that other people regard them as the type of person stated or suggested.

Sometimes young lads just need to turn to a mother figure for a bit of a chat and reassurance.

N-COUNT : with supp , usu n N , N of n


In books and magazines, the diagrams which help to show or explain information are referred to as figures .

If you look at a world map (see Figure 1) you can identify the major wine-producing regions...

N-COUNT : also N num


In geometry, a figure is a shape, especially a regular shape. ( TECHNICAL )

Draw a pentagon, a regular five-sided figure.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


If you figure that something is the case, you think or guess that it is the case. ( INFORMAL )

She figured that both she and Ned had learned a lot from the experience.

VERB : V that


If you say ‘ That figures ’ or ‘ It figures ’, you mean that the fact referred to is not surprising. ( INFORMAL )

When I finished, he said, ‘Yeah. That figures’...

VERB : that/it V , also it V that


If a person or thing figures in something, they appear in or are included in it.

Human rights violations figured prominently in the report.

VERB : no passive , V in n , also V as n

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