American English

Definition of figure noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] a number representing a particular amount, especially one given in official information the latest trade/sales/unemployment, etc. figures Viewing figures for the series have dropped dramatically. Figures for April show a slight improvement over previous months By 2009, this figure had risen to 14 million. The final figure looks like it will be much higher than predicted. Experts put the real figure at closer to 75%.
  2. 2[countable] a symbol rather than a word representing one of the numbers between 0 and 9 Write the figure “7” on the board. a six-figure salary (= over 100,000 dollars) His salary is now in six figures. see also single figures
  3. 3figures [plural] (informal) the area of mathematics that deals with adding, multiplying, etc. numbers synonym arithmetic Are you any good at figures? I'm afraid I don't have a head for figures (= I am not good at adding, etc.).
  4. person
  5. 4[countable] a person of the type mentioned a leading figure in the music industry a political figure an authority figure When she last saw him, he was a sad figure—old and tired. a relatively unknown figure in the world of fashion one of the most popular figures in baseball see also father figure, mother figure
  6. 5[countable] the shape of a person seen from a distance or not clearly a tall figure in black I saw a shadowy figure approaching.
  7. shape of body
  8. 6[countable] the shape of the human body, especially a woman's body that is attractive She's always had a good figure. I'm watching my figure (= trying not to get fat). Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build
  9. in painting/story
  10. 7[countable] a person or an animal in a drawing, painting, etc., or in a story The central figure in the painting is the artist's daughter.
  11. statue
  12. 8[countable] a statue of a person or an animal a bronze figure of a horse
  13. picture/diagram
  14. 9[countable] (abbreviation fig.) a picture, diagram, etc. in a book, that is referred to by a number The results are illustrated in figure 3 opposite.
  15. geometry
  16. 10[countable] a particular shape formed by lines or surfaces a five-sided figure a solid figure
  17. movement on ice
  18. 11[countable] a pattern or series of movements performed on ice The skater executed a perfect set of figures.
  19. Idioms
    be/become a figure of fun
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    to be/become someone that other people laugh at
    cut a… figure
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    (of a person) to have a particular appearance He cut a striking figure in his white dinner jacket.
    facts and figures
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    accurate and detailed information I've asked to see all the facts and figures before I make a decision.
    put a figure on something
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    to say the exact price or number of something It's impossible to put a figure on the number of homeless people in Los Angeles.
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