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'figure' - used as a noun
1. a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
the area covered can be seen from Figure 2
2. alternative names for the body of a human being
3. one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
4. a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
he made a figure of Santa Claus
5. a well-known or notable person
she is an important figure in modern music
6. a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
7. an amount of money expressed numerically
a figure of $17 was suggested
8. the impression produced by a person
he cut a fine figure
a heroic figure
9. the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals
the figure was about a thousand
10. language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
11. a unitary percept having structure and coherence that is the object of attention and that stands out against a ground
12. a decorative or artistic work
13. a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
she made the best score on compulsory figures

'figure' - used as a verb
14. judge to be probable
15. be or play a part of or in
Elections figure prominently in every government program
How do the elections figure in the current pattern of internal politics?
16. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
17. make a mathematical calculation or computation
18. understand
He didn't figure her

derived forms
1. Figure / Plural
2. Figure / Past
3. Figure / Third Person
4. Figure / Present Participle
Variations of 'figure'
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    For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros. - Click here to find out.
    Fact of the day
    A Connecticut Toy maker, Herobuilders, sells action figures of President George W. Bush, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, which are all major figures tied to the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks.