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figure

noun

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1 a character used to represent a mathematical value
  • no doubt the figures on the price tags at the jewelry store are so small because the zeroes are so many

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2 a line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface
  • we could gradually see the figure of a ship coming our way through the fog

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3 a person who is widely known and usually much talked about
  • figures from the worlds of sport and entertainment will be guests at the White House dinner

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4 a small statue
  • painted wooden figures by untrained artists can be quite valuable on today's antiques market

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5 a three-dimensional representation of the human body used especially for displaying clothes
  • the museum features a collection of figures strikingly attired in suits of medieval armor

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6 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric)
  • upholstered the chair with a fabric embossed with figures of fleur-de-lis

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7 something that visually explains or decorates a text
  • the layout editor could have done a better job of getting the figures on the same page as the specific portion of text that they are intended to illustrate

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8 the amount of money that is demanded as payment for something
  • a number of the paintings at the auction sold at figures far higher than had been estimated

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9 the outward appearance of something as distinguished from its substance
  • the ice sculpture at the banquet was in the figure of an eagle spreading its wings

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10 the type of body that a person has
  • Martha has such a slender figure that just about anything looks good on her

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11 figures plural the act or process of performing mathematical operations to find a value
  • a person with a good head for figures

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12 the outward form of someone or something especially as indicative of a quality
  • unshaven and dirty, he presents a sorry figure

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figure

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of figure (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
  • we figured that we had better arrive early at the concert in order to get good seats

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2 to decide the size, amount, number, or distance of (something) without actual measurement
  • let's figure the juice in the pan to be about a cup and just add it to the mix

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3 to determine (a value) by doing the necessary mathematical operations
  • the car dealer figured that our monthly car payment would be $357

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4 to have as an opinion
  • the father figures that girls should have the same athletic opportunities as boys and supports his daughter's interest in soccer

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The first known use of figure was in the 13th century

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“Figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/figure. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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