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to be an important part of a process, event, or situation, or to be included in something
in the talks.
My wishes didn't figure among his considerations.
on the agenda.
to form a particular opinion after thinking about a situation
From the way he behaved, I figured that he was drunk.
It was worth the trouble, I figured.
that figures/(it) figures
especially American English
used to say that something that happens is expected or typical, especially something bad
'It rained the whole weekend.' 'Oh, that figures.'
used to say that something is reasonable or makes sense
It figures that
she'd be mad at you, after what you did.
said to show that you think something is strange or difficult to explain
'He didn't even leave a message.' 'Go figure.'
to calculate an amount
I'm just figuring my expenses.
figure on something
to expect something or include it in your plans
She was younger than any of us had figured on.
figure somebody/something ↔
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
to understand why someone behaves in the way they do
Women. I just can't figure them out.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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