|Origin:||Latin figura, from fingere 'to shape, make'|
fig‧ure1 S1 W1 [countable]
a) HMN [usually plural]
a number representing an amount, especially an official number
Ohio's employment figures for December
Government figures underestimate the problem.
It's about 30,000 in round figures (=to the nearest 10, 20, 100 etc).
b) HMN➔ double figures, single figures
a number from 0 to 10, written as a sign rather than a word:
the figure '2'
executives with salaries in six figures (=more than £99,000)
a four/five/six figure number (=a number in the thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands etc)
a particular amount of money
amount of moneyBF
an estimated figure of $200 million
someone who is important or famous in some way
a leading/key/central figure
Several leading figures resigned from the party.
the outstanding political figure of his time
someone with a particular type of appearance or character, especially when they are far away or difficult to see:
a tall figure in a hat
Through the window I could see the commanding figure of Mrs Bradshaw.
➔ cult figureat cult2
the shape of a woman's body:
She has a good figure.
keep/lose your figure (=stay thin or become fat)
Most women have to watch their figure (=be careful not to get fat).
someone who is considered to be like a father etc, or to represent authority, because of their character or behaviour
6HMN [plural] British English
the activity of adding, multiplying etc numbers [= arithmetic]:
a natural ability with figures
have a head for figures (=be good at arithmetic)
a geometric shape:
A hexagon is a six-sided figure.
a person in a painting or a model of a person: ➔ figurine
the figure in the background
a numbered drawing or a diagram in a book
drawingTCN written abbreviation fig.
to say exactly how much something is worth, or how much or how many of something you are talking about:
It's worth a lot but I couldn't put a figure on it.
someone who is tall and has a good body
someone who people laugh at
a pattern or movement in figure skating