how to pronounce figure


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figure is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of figure in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… we'll be quicker to figure out a way to …”

meanings of figure


  1. The representation of any form, as by drawing, painting, modelling, carving, embroidering, etc.; especially, a representation of the human body.
  2. A horoscope; the diagram of the aspects of the astrological houses.
  3. A shape.
  4. The form of a syllogism with respect to the relative position of the middle term.
  5. A drawing or diagram conveying information.
  6. A visible pattern as in wood or cloth.
  7. Distinguished appearance; magnificence; conspicuous representation; splendour; show.
  8. A number, an amount.
  9. Any complex dance move^W.
  10. A person or thing representing a certain consciousness.
  11. Any short succession of notes, either as melody or as a group of chords, which produce a single complete and distinct impression.
  12. A human figure, which dress or corset must fit to; the shape of a human body.
  13. A numeral.
  14. A form of melody or accompaniment kept up through a strain or passage; a motif; a florid embellishment.
  15. The appearance or impression made by the conduct or career of a person.
  16. A figure of speech.


  1. To be reasonable.
  2. To calculate, to solve a mathematical problem.
  3. To represent by a metaphor; to signify or symbolize.
  4. To come to understand.
  5. To represent by a figure, as to form or mould; to make an image of, either palpable or ideal; also, to fashion into a determinate form; to shape.
  6. To enter into; to be a part of.
  7. To prefigure; to foreshow.
  8. To write over or under the bass, as figures or other characters, in order to indicate the accompanying chords.
  9. To indicate by numerals.
  10. To think, to assume, to suppose, to reckon.
  11. To embellish.
  12. To embellish with design; to adorn with figures.

figure frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word figure occurs in english on average 115.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics figure can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that figure can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) leisure and entertainment;

4) people, society, and culture;

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