1 physique, build, shape, form, configuration, conformation, build, body, outline, silhouette; cut, cast; Slang bod, chassis:
It's exercise that gives Kathy such a fine figure.
2 appearance, image, likeness, representation, semblance:
The vision came to him in the figure of a dragon.
3 person, individual, human (being):
A burly figure loomed up out of the fog.
4 statue, effigy, sculpture, bust, mould, cast, image, representation, idol, icon:
Hundreds of figures are carved into the stone of the temple façade.
5 picture, illustration, diagram, drawing, sketch, plate:
See Figure 12 for a graph showing the rate of inflation for the past decade.
6 personality, celebrity, somebody, leader, personage, worthy, notable, individual, presence, force, character:
Chaplin looms large as a figure in the history of comedy.
7 number, numeral, cipher, digit; character, symbol, device, sign; design, pattern, motif, emblem:
His salary is in six figures.
8 Often, figure up. calculate, compute, reckon, work out; count, enumerate, numerate, total, tot up, tally, sum:
Please figure up how much I owe you.
9 picture, imagine, think, take, reckon, consider, calculate, judge, believe; assume, presume, suppose; accept, acknowledge, concede:
I never figured her to be the guilty one.
10 act, participate, take or play a part or role, appear, feature, have a place; be included or mentioned, be featured or conspicuous:
He does not figure in my plans.
11 figure on or upon.
(a) rely or depend on or upon, count on or upon, trust in, put faith in:
You mustn't figure on his help.
(b) plan on or upon, take into consideration or account, consider, make allowance for:
They were figuring on consumer demand for a better mousetrap.
12 figure out.
(a) calculate, reckon, compute, work out:
I haven't yet figured out last year's profits and losses.
(b) decipher, translate, understand, interpret, solve, grasp, get, fathom, see, perceive, Colloq dig, make head(s) or tail(s) of, get through one's head, get the hang or drift of, catch on (to), get a fix on, Brit twig, suss out:
Can you figure out what this article is trying to say?