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- (countable) Figures are numbers showing the value or amount of something.
- The sales figures from the spring were down from last year.
- According to the official figures, unemployment levels are about 6 per cent.
- You only have to look at the figures for fire deaths in hotels to see this is not a problem.
- (countable) A figure is a person, often a well-known person.
- They have published articles about many leading figures including John Reed, J.A. Hobson, Tom Mann, and Daniel de Leon.
- The figure of Margaret Thatcher towers over the Falklands War.
- (countable) A figure is a person, especially the person's shape.
- Synonym: silhouette
- She did not see the figure standing in the shadows of the kitchen doorway.
- Across the river is the figure of Lenin on top of an armored car carved of stone.
- Her girlish figure had disappeared as she aged, sat more, and ate more.
- The most popular boy's toy ever is the G.I. Joe action figure.
- He looked down at the wet figures of the boy and dog.
- (countable) A figure is a geometric shape.
- (countable) A figure is a picture in a textbook or scientific journal. (Often written fig.)
- (intransitive) If figures in something that happens, is part of that happening.
- The weather figured prominently in their plans.
- The fact that he wouldn't be there didn't figure among her worries.
- (transitive) if you figure something, you think it.
- Few people figured that he would win.
- (intransitive) If you figure something out, you think about it until you understand it.
- He figured out that she was speaking Italian.