figure out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyfigure out
he/she/itfigures out
present participlefiguring out
past tensefigured out
past participlefigured out
  1. 1
    to be able to understand something or to solve a problem

    We had to figure out the connection between the two events.

    figure out how/what/who etc:

    I couldn’t figure out what the teacher was talking about.

  2. 2
    figure someone out to understand what someone is like and why they behave in the way that they do
See also main entry: figure