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(one) figured (as much)
I suspected what was just confirmed. George has been gossiping about me? I figured as much—he'll talk about anyone behind their back. A: "I'm afraid we're going to have to lay you off." B: "I figured as much." When I didn't hear from you, I figured your flight must have been delayed.
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figure in(to) (something)
1. To incorporate or include someone or something in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "figure" and "in." Before you accept this job offer, you need to figure the long commute in. Is the legal department coming too? Shoot, I didn't figure them into my count when I reserved the smaller conference room.
2. To add a number or amount to something. Wait, did you figure in the sales tax when you calculated the total?
3. To be a significant factor in a decision. Of course his many years of experience figured into our decision to hire him!
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figure into (something)
To be a factor or consideration in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "figure" and "into." Did my feelings figure into your thought process at all? Oh yes, the great schools in this area definitely figured into our decision to buy a house here.
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figure on (someone or something)
1. To depend or rely on someone or something. I thought we could figure on your help with this event, but I guess not. We were figuring on that tax refund to help get us through the next month.
2. To anticipate something. The kids always figure on my financial assistance, and that needs to stop before I go broke! I hadn't figured on seeing you here, John. How are things?
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?
figure out the root of the problem
To find or ascertain the cause of a particular problem or issue. The plumber has figured out the root of the problem, and it doesn’t sound too costly to fix, thank goodness.
To add or total something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "figure" and "up." Do you mind figuring up the total for us?
1. Curvaceous or voluptuous. In both usages, this phrase is typically used to describe women. She's a gorgeous, full-figured woman—she's just his type!
2. euphemism Fat or obese. Rachel used to be full-figured, but now she's slimmed down considerably—I almost didn't recognize her.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
figure something up
to add up the amount of something. Please figure the bill up. We have to go now. I will figure up the bill right away.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
Calculate, total, as in Please figure up just how many feet of lumber we need. [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
To calculate something, especially by addition: That's all of the supplies we need; can you figure up the total for us? We figured up the bill incorrectly; everyone owes another $10.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.