figure Definition

  • 1a number, especially one that represents a particular amount or measurement
  • 2the shape of the human body, especially a woman's body
  • 3a person who is important or well-known in some way

Using figure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "figure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's sales figures have increased by 20% this year.

  • Example

    She has a curvy figure that attracts attention.

  • Example

    He is a leading figure in the field of science.

  • Example

    The statue has a beautiful figure.

figure Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using figure

  • a person who is well-known or famous, especially in the world of politics or entertainment


    As a public figure, she was constantly under scrutiny by the media.

  • a man who is seen as a role model or mentor, especially in a paternal or nurturing way


    After his own father passed away, he looked up to his uncle as a father figure.

  • a person who plays a key role or is at the center of a particular situation or event


    The CEO was a central figure in the company's decision-making process.

Phrases with figure

  • a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense for rhetorical or vivid effect


    When he said he was feeling blue, it was just a figure of speech.

  • to present oneself in a certain way, often with an emphasis on style or appearance


    She cut a striking figure in her red dress and high heels.

  • to solve a problem or understand something


    I can't figure out how to fix this computer issue.

Origins of figure

from Old French 'figur', from Latin 'figura', meaning 'shape'


Summary: figure in Brief

The term 'figure' [ˈfɪɡjər] refers to a numerical value, a human body shape, or a notable person. It can be used to describe sales figures, a curvy figure, or a leading figure in a field. 'Figure' also extends into phrases like 'figure of speech,' and idioms like 'a public figure,' denoting a well-known person, and 'a father figure,' implying a mentor or role model.

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