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noun figure pronunciation in American English /ˈfɪɡjər/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [often plural] an official number that has been counted or calculated
    Government figures show a continued decline in unemployment.
    This year’s sales figures were excellent.
    The final inflation figure was 6.5% for the year.
    1. a.
      British a number
      She sat and stared at the figures on the page.
      single/double figures (=a number above/below 10): Inflation has reached double figures for the first time in 15 years.
    2. b.
      an amount of money
      What kind of figure are we looking at for this project?
      put a figure on something: It’s difficult to put an exact figure on the rebuilding work.
      three/four/five/six figures: The chairman’s bonus payment could well reach six figures this year.
  2. 2
    [countable] someone who is important in some way
    a prominent/key/leading figure: She was the dominant figure in British politics in the 1980s.
  3. 3
    [countable] a drawing in a book that gives information
    Figure 8 illustrates changing patterns of employment over the years.
  4. 4
    [countable] maths a shape in mathematics
    a five-sided figure
  5. 5
    [countable] the shape of the body of someone you do not know
    A small figure appeared in the doorway.
    1. a.
      a picture or model of someone
      There are three figures in the foreground.
      a stone figure of a man
    2. b.
      the shape of a womans body, for example whether she is fat or thin
      How to achieve the perfect figure without dieting.
      Now in her fifties, she still has a fabulous figure.
      keep your figure (=stay thin): After a certain age, you have to work hard to keep your figure.
      watch your figure (=be careful about what you eat so that you do not become fat): No cake for me, thanks, I have to watch my figure.


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