figure something out

figure something out
(informal) he tried to figure out how to switch on the lamp: WORK OUT, fathom, puzzle out, decipher, ascertain, make sense of, think through, get to the bottom of; understand, comprehend, see, grasp, get the hang of, get the drift of; informal twig, crack; Brit. informal suss out.
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informal solve or discover the cause of a problem

he was trying to figure out why the camera wasn't working

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ˌfigure sb/sthˈout derived
1. to think about sb/sth until you understand them/it
Syn: work out

We couldn't figure her out.

\figure something out how, what, etc…

I can't figure out how to do this.

2. to calculate an amount or the cost of sth
Syn: work out

\figure something out how, what, etc…

Have you figured out how much the trip will cost?

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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