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

Translation of figure in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (digit) 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) 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) 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
    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.
    2.2 (human shape, outline) 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.
    2.3 (body shape) she's got a very good figure
    tiene una figura estupenda or un tipo estupendo
    they sell clothes for the fuller figure [euphemistic]
    venden ropa en tallas grandes
    venden ropa en talles grandes (Río de la Plata)
    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, Music)
    figura (feminine)
    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)
    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

  • 1 (feature) his name doesn't figure on this list
    su nombre no figura en esta lista
    to figure prominently
    this theme figures largely in her work
    este tema ocupa un lugar prominente en su obra
    Example sentences
    • Now, however, imagine her rescue figuring on the nightly analysis slot of some channel.
    • The Clark holdings played no small part in these events; they also figured prominently in the critical counterpunch.
    • It feels as if Haentjens has things to say about Plath that don't figure in this novel.
  • 2 (make sense) [colloquial]it just doesn't figure
    no me lo explico
    they're getting divorced — that figures!
    se van a divorciar — ¡no me extraña nada!
    Example sentences
    • He figured this person would make an excellent singer.
    • Investors figure that the purchaser will pay a high price for the company.
    • I stood up, walked around, drank some water and figured it was just a passing phase.
    Example sentences
    • That figured and didn't surprise him, though he wished Harry would just have a normal conversation instead of locking him in a room.
    • It would figure that this great hog, this glorified genre gourmand, would want more.
    • Sure, that figures, if you're going to drive with that kind of load at high speed you're bound to damage something.

transitive verb

  • (reckon) (US) [colloquial]
    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 (US)
incluir (en los cálculos)

figure on

verb + preposition + object (US)
[colloquial] to figure on -ingshe 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
1 (understand, work out)
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
2 (calculate)

figure up

verb + adverb + object (US)
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