figure out

verb

Definition of figure out

1 : discover, determine
  • try to figure out a way to do it
2 : solve, fathom
  • figure out a problem

Examples of figure out in a Sentence

  1. a book of brainteasers that even a really clever person won't have an easy time figuring out

First Known Use of figure out

1600

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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