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British English: /ˈfɪɡə/
American English: /ˈfɪɡjər/

Translation of figure in French:


  • 1 (number, amount) a provisional/disappointing figure
    un chiffre provisoire/décevant
    a figure of 15 million
    un chiffre de 15 millions
    a figure of £150
    la somme de 150 livres
    government/official figures
    les chiffres gouvernementaux/officiels
    a four-/six-figure sum
    un montant de quatre/six chiffres
    her salary runs into six figures
    elle gagne plus de 100 000 livres (British English) or dollars (American English)
    inflation is in single/double figures
    le taux d'inflation est à un chiffre/à deux chiffres
    to have a head for figures, to be good with figures
    être doué pour le calcul
  • 2 (known or important person) controversial/well-known/political figure
    personnalité controversée/célèbre /politique
    a minor ou marginal figure
    une personnalité peu importante
    a legendary figure in rugby/rock music
    un personnage légendaire du rugby/du rock
  • 3 (person, human form)
    (in painting, sculpture) figure (f)
    a familiar/diminutive/an imposing figure
    un personnage familier/minuscule/imposant
    human/reclining figure (Art)
    figure humaine/allongée
    a figure appeared through the mist
    une silhouette est apparue dans le brouillard
    to cut a sorry/fine figure
    faire piètre/bonne figure
    to cut a dashing figure
    avoir l'air fringant
  • 4 (representative or symbol) mother/father figure
    image (f) de la mère/du père
    she is something of a Cassandra/Lady Macbeth figure
    c'est une sorte de Cassandre/Lady Macbeth
  • 5 (body shape) to keep one's figure
    garder la ligne
    to lose one's figure
    prendre de l'embonpoint
    to watch one's figure
    surveiller sa ligne
    to have a great figure [informal]
    avoir une silhouette sensationnelle [informal]
    made for a man's/woman's figure
    fait pour une silhouette masculine/féminine
  • 6 (geometric or other shape) plane/solid figure
    figure plane/à trois dimensions

transitive verb

  • 1 [informal] (suppose)to figure (that) …
    penser or se dire que …

intransitive verb

  • 1 (feature, appear) to figure in ou on a list
    figurer sur une liste
    to figure in a novel/report
    figurer dans un roman/rapport
  • 2 [informal] (make sense)
    se comprendre
    that figures
    ça se comprend
    it doesn't figure
    ça n'a pas de sens

Phrasal verbs

figure in

(American English)
figure in [something], figure [something] in

figure on

figure on [something]
s'attendre à
I hadn't figured on that!
je ne m'attendais pas à ça!
to figure on doing to figure on somebody doing
s'attendre à ce que quelqu'un fasse

figure out

figure out [something], figure [something] out
trouver (answer, reason, best way)
to figure out who/why/how etc
arriver à comprendre qui/pourquoi/comment etc
I can't figure him out
je ne comprends rien à cet homme-là
she's got her future figured out
elle a son avenir tout tracé

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