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figure

2 verb
     
figure2 S2 W3
1 [intransitive] to be an important part of a process, event, or situation, or to be included in something
figure in/among
Social issues figured prominently in the talks.
My wishes didn't figure among his considerations.
Reform now figures high on the agenda.
2 [transitive] informal to form a particular opinion after thinking about a situation
figure (that)
From the way he behaved, I figured that he was drunk.
It was worth the trouble, I figured.
3

that figures/(it) figures

spoken especially American English
a) used to say that something that happens is expected or typical, especially something bad:
'It rained the whole weekend.' 'Oh, that figures.'
b) used to say that something is reasonable or makes sense:
It figures that she'd be mad at you, after what you did.
4

go figure

American English spoken said to show that you think something is strange or difficult to explain:
'He didn't even leave a message.' 'Go figure.'
5 [transitive] American English to calculate an amount:
I'm just figuring my expenses.

figure on something

phrasal verb
to expect something or include it in your plans:
She was younger than any of us had figured on.

figure somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to think about a problem or situation until you find the answer or understand what has happened
figure out how/what/why etc
Can you figure out how to do it?
If I have a map, I can figure it out.
Don't worry, we'll figure something out (=find a way to solve the problem).
2 to understand why someone behaves in the way they do:
Women. I just can't figure them out.

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