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figure out

1. To come to understand someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "figure" and "out." Can you figure out these instructions? What do you think we're supposed to do next? A: "I just can't figure the new kid out." B: "I know, he's kind of weird."
2. To determine something. Have you guys figured out a venue for the party yet?
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figure someone or something out

to begin to comprehend someone or something; to come to understand someone or something better. I just can't figure you out. I can't figure out quiet people readily.
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figure out

1. Discover or determine, as in Let's figure out a way to help. [Early 1900s]
2. Solve or decipher, as in Can you figure out this puzzle? [Early 1800s]
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figure out

v.
1. To discover or decide something: Let's figure out a way to help. We figured out when to hold the next meeting.
2. To solve or decipher something: Can you figure this puzzle out? Late into the night, I figured out my homework assignment.
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I want to figure out what's the best thing for Orel,'' Johnson said.
I've always said that it's a long season and you've just got to try to do the best you can until you can figure out what's going on,'' Fielder said.
I was just trying to figure out a way to get the run in,'' Molitor said.
Brooks plays a twice-divorced writer who moves back in with Mom to try to figure out the roots of his problems with women.
Although California boasts a reasonably talented lineup, its hitters couldn't figure out Hershiser.