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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪgjər; ˈfɪgə(r)/

Translation of figure in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (digit) cifra (feminine), guarismo (masculine) [formal], número (masculine) a three-figure number un número de tres cifras add together this column of figures suma esta columna de números inflation is now into double figures la inflación pasa del 10% her salary is well into six figures gana bastante más de 100.000 (dólares)
    Example sentences
    • Lucian drew a sideways figure 8 in the air beside Mark.
    • Millar is preparing for the opening time trial wearing a number that ends with a figure 1.
    1.2 (amount, price) cifra (feminine) I had a rather higher figure in mind yo había pensado en una cifra or cantidad algo mayor they were unable to put a figure on the number of wounded no pudieron dar el número exacto de heridos I wouldn't like to put a figure on it no quisiera darle una cifra exacta she's good at figures es buena para las matemáticas, se le dan bien los números recent figures show that … estadísticas or datos recientes muestran que …
    Example sentences
    • In the 18 months since the meters were introduced, they had not even managed to bring in half of the break-even figure of about £4,500.
    • Within the letter, the figure of ‘$500,000 a year’ is noted repeatedly.
    • The gross for the final session was up 14.2% over last year's figure of $1,160,500.
  • 2 2.1 (person) figura (feminine) a public figure un personaje público he's looking for a mother figure está buscando una figura materna he's become a figure of fun se ha convertido en un hazmerreír 2.2 (human shape, outline) figura (feminine) he cuts an imposing figure tiene mucha presencia she's a fine figure of a woman es una mujer de buena planta
    Example sentences
    • He couldn't sleep at night, only thinking of her slim and attractive figure with a good-natured mind.
    • The pants really flattered her figure.
    • She will be proud to show her figure as she will pose in sexy lingerie of her choice.
    Example sentences
    • She squinted suddenly at what appeared to be two figures in the distance.
    • A dark figure emerged from one side of the street and another from the other side.
    • She screamed even louder when the door suddenly opened and a dark figure suddenly appeared.
    2.3 (body shape) figura (feminine), tipo (masculine) she's got a very good figure tiene una figura estupenda or un tipo estupendo they sell clothes for the fuller figure [euphemistic/eufemístico] venden ropa en tallas or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) talles grandes to keep/lose/watch one's figure guardar/perder*/cuidar la línea she's lost her figure ha perdido la línea, se le ha estropeado la figura
  • 3 [Art/Arte] [Music/Música] figura (feminine); [Mathematics/Matemáticas] figura (feminine); (solid) cuerpo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The Bank's move came despite today's official figures showing inflation rising to its highest level for two years.
    • Those are not figures that are just plucked out of the air; they are official police figures used to compile statistics.
    • It cites official figures that show crime rising steadily over 40 years.
    Example sentences
    • They don't want you to know that reps are working about 20 to 30 hours a week while pulling down close to six-figure salaries.
    • Our inflation rate has been in single figures, moving between 2 percent and 4 percent.
    • One of these youths stole a four-figure sum from me recently and I am now very apprehensive.
    Example sentences
    • The man thought this over for a few seconds, calculating figures in his head.
    • Lee took the maps and calibrators and ran a few figures and calculations and looked at the Admiral.
    • His father sent him off to college to study business administration, but Gallagher says he wasn't any good at figures.
    Example sentences
    • Small clay figures, human and animal, were modelled and placed as offerings on mountain peak sanctuaries.
    • The modeling and outline of the figures showed sculptural solidity.
    • Sumida pottery is a heavy, brightly glazed pottery and often has human and animal figures attached as reliefs.
    Example sentences
    • In particular he proved that the sphere was the solid figure of greatest surface area for a given volume.
    • Now if you thought these lines referred to geometric figures, you would not be too far wrong.
    • He observed that ideas of shapes or figures, like the triangle, were ideas of things he had not invented or conjured up.
    Example sentences
    • Their textures are dominated by right-hand melodies against chordal accompaniment figures.
    • Melodic figures are treated circularly, giving the piece a minimalist sound.
    • Every melodic figure had its replica, every phrase, its counterpoise in his music.
  • 4 (diagram, illustration) figura (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The book utilizes tables and figures effectively to illustrate the main concepts of each chapter.
    • The text is well illustrated with excellent diagrams, sketches and figures.
    • The data from each plate were then graphed and analyzed (Figure 1A).

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 (feature) figurar his name doesn't figure on this list su nombre no figura en esta lista to figure prominently destacarse* this theme figures largely in her work este tema ocupa un lugar prominente en su obra
  • 2 (make sense) [colloquial/familiar] it just doesn't figure no me lo explico they're getting divorced — that figures! se van a divorciar — ¡no me extraña nada!

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • (reckon) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], figurarse, calcular I figure it'll take us two hours me figuro que or digo yo or calculo que tardaremos dos horas she figured it was her only chance calculó que era su única oportunidad

Phrasal verbs

figure in

verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)
incluir* ([ en los cálculos ]) contar*

figure on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[colloquial/familiar] contar* conto figure on -ing she figures on entering the Senate next time around piensa que la próxima vez saldrá elegida senadora they hadn't figured on our finding their hideout no contaban con que encontraríamos su escondite, nunca pensaron que encontraríamos su escondite

figure out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (understand, work out) [person/action/idea] entender* I think I've figured out how it works me parece que he entendido cómo funciona I can't figure out why he did it no entiendo or no me explico por qué lo hizo 1.2 (calculate) [result] calcular; [problem] resolver*

figure up

verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)

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