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1       n-uncount   You refer to an activity or situation as fun if you think it is pleasant and enjoyable and it causes you to feel happy.  
It was such a success and we had so much fun doing it..., It could be fun to watch them..., You still have time to join in the fun.     
2       n-uncount   If you say that someone is fun, you mean that you enjoy being with them because they say and do interesting or amusing things.,   (approval)    Liz was wonderful fun to be with.     
3       adj   If you describe something as a fun thing, you mean that you think it is enjoyable. If you describe someone as a fun person, you mean that you enjoy being with them.  
INFORMAL   ADJ n   (=entertaining)  
It was a fun evening..., What a fun person he is!     
4    Someone who is a figure of fun    is considered ridiculous, so that people laugh at them or make jokes about them.      
figure of fun             phrase   figure inflects, v-link PHR  
5    If you do something for fun or for the fun of it, you do it in order to enjoy yourself rather than because it is important or necessary.  
for fun      phrase   PHR after v  
I took my M. A. just for fun really..., He had just come for the fun of it.     
6    If you do something in fun, you do it as a joke or for amusement, without intending to cause any harm.  
in fun      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
Don't say such things, even in fun.     
7    If you make fun of someone or something or poke fun at them, you laugh at them, tease them, or make jokes about them in a way that causes them to seem ridiculous.  
make fun of      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Don't make fun of me..., She poked fun at people's shortcomings.     
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figure     ( figures    plural & 3rd person present)   ( figuring    present participle)   ( figured    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A figure is a particular amount expressed as a number, especially a statistic.  
It would be very nice if we had a true figure of how many people in this country haven't got a job..., It will not be long before the inflation figure starts to fall..., New Government figures predict that one in two marriages will end in divorce.     
2       n-count   A figure is any of the ten written symbols from 0 to 9 that are used to represent a number.   (=digit)  
3       n-plural   An amount or number that is in single figures is between zero and nine. An amount or number that is in double figures is between ten and ninety-nine. You can also say, for example, that an amount or number is in three figures when it is between one hundred and nine hundred and ninety-nine.  
adj/num N  
Inflation, which has usually been in single figures, is running at more than 12%..., Crawley, with 14, was the only other player to reach double figures...     
4       n-count   You refer to someone that you can see as a figure when you cannot see them clearly or when you are describing them.  
usu with supp, oft N of n  
She waited, standing on the bridge, until his figure vanished against the grey backdrop of the Palace...     
5       n-count   In art, a figure is a person in a drawing or a painting, or a statue of a person.  
...a life-size bronze figure of a brooding, hooded woman.     
6       n-count   Your figure is the shape of your body.  
with supp, oft poss/adj N  
Take pride in your health and your figure..., Janet was a natural blonde with a good figure.     
7       n-count   Someone who is referred to as a figure of a particular kind is a person who is well-known and important in some way.  
with supp  
The movement is supported by key figures in the three main political parties.     
8       n-count   If you say that someone is, for example, a mother figure or a hero figure, you mean that other people regard them as the type of person stated or suggested.  
with supp, usu n N, N of n  
Sometimes young lads just need to turn to a mother figure for a bit of a chat and reassurance.     
9       n-count   In books and magazines, the diagrams which help to show or explain information are referred to as figures.  
also N num  
If you look at a world map (see Figure 1) you can identify the major wine-producing regions...     
10       n-count   In geometry, a figure is a shape, especially a regular shape.     (TECHNICAL)   usu supp N  
Draw a pentagon, a regular five-sided figure.     
11       verb   If you figure that something is the case, you think or guess that it is the case.  
INFORMAL   She figured that both she and Ned had learned a lot from the experience.      V that  
12       verb   If you say `That figures' or `It figures', you mean that the fact referred to is not surprising.  
INFORMAL   When I finished, he said, `Yeah. That figures'...      that/it V, Also it V that  
13       verb   If a person or thing figuresin something, they appear in or are included in it.  
no passive  
Human rights violations figured prominently in the report.      V in n, Also V as n   figure on      phrasal verb   If you figure on something, you plan that it will happen or assume that it will happen when making your plans.  
(=reckon on)  

Jack worked as hard as he could to build his business, but he hadn't figured on a few obstacles.      V P n/-ing   figure out      phrasal verb   If you figure out a solution to a problem or the reason for something, you succeed in solving it or understanding it.  
(=work out)  

It took them about one month to figure out how to start the equipment...      V P wh/that  
They're trying to figure out the politics of this whole situation...      V P n (not pron)  
I don't have to be a detective to figure that out.      V n P  

father figure        ( father figures    plural  ) , father-figure   If you describe someone as a father figure, you mean that you feel able to turn to that person for advice and support in the same way that you might turn to your father.      n-count  
She believed her daughter needed a father-figure..., He became a father figure to the whole company.     
-figure combines with a number, usually `five', `six', or `seven', to form adjectives which say how many figures are in a number. These adjectives usually describe a large amount of money. For example, a six-figure sum is between 100,000 and 999,999.      comb in adj   ADJ n  
Columbia Pictures paid him a six-figure sum for the film rights.     
figure eight        ( figure eights    plural  ) A figure eight is the same as a figure of eight.  
  (AM)      n-count  
Figure-hugging clothes fit very close to the body of the person who is wearing them. Figure-hugging is usually used to describe clothes worn by women.      adj  
figure of eight        ( figures of eight    plural  ) A figure of eight is something that has the shape of the number 8, for example a knot or a movement done by a skater.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, usually use figure eight     
figure of speech        ( figures of speech    plural  ) A figure of speech is an expression or word that is used with a metaphorical rather than a literal meaning.      n-count  
Of course I'm not. It was just a figure of speech.     
figure skating     
Figure skating is skating in an attractive pattern, usually with spins and jumps included.      n-uncount  
mother figure        ( mother figures    plural  ) , mother-figure   If you regard someone as a mother figure, you think of them as having the role of a mother and being the person you can turn to for help, advice, or support.      n-count  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    character, cipher, digit, number, numeral, symbol  
2    amount, cost, price, sum, total, value  
3    form, outline, shadow, shape, silhouette  
4    body, build, chassis     (slang)   frame, physique, proportions, shape, torso  
5    depiction, design, device, diagram, drawing, emblem, illustration, motif, pattern, representation, sketch  
6    big name, celebrity, character, dignitary, face     (informal)   force, leader, notability, notable, personage, personality, presence, somebody, worthy  
7      (often with)       up   add, calculate, compute, count, reckon, sum, tally, tot up, work out  
8      (usually with)       in   act, appear, be conspicuous, be featured, be included, be mentioned, contribute to, feature, have a place in, play a part  
9    it figures      it follows, it goes without saying, it is to be expected  

figure of speech     
conceit, image, trope, turn of phrase  
figure out  
1    calculate, compute, reckon, work out  
2    comprehend, decipher, fathom, make head or tail of     (informal)   make out, resolve, see, suss (out)     (slang)   understand  

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to cover with a thin layer of paint applied with a dry brush in order to soften or blur a figure or outline
an art term
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