figure out

figure out
verb
find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of (Freq. 6)
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did you solve the problem?

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Work out your problems with the boss

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this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out

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did you get it?

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Did you get my meaning?

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He could not work the math problem

Syn: ↑solve, ↑work out, ↑puzzle out, ↑lick, ↑work
Derivationally related forms: ↑workable (for: ↑work), ↑solution (for: ↑solve), ↑solver (for: ↑solve), ↑solvent (for: ↑solve), ↑solving (for: ↑solve)
Hypernyms: ↑understand
Hyponyms:
answer, ↑resolve, ↑riddle, ↑strike, ↑guess, ↑infer, ↑break
Entailment: ↑reason
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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figure out [phrasal verb]
1 figure out (something) or figure (something) out
1 a : to understand or find (something, such as a reason or a solution) by thinking

I'm trying to figure out a way to do it.

He claims he has it all figured out.

I finally figured it out.

I can't figure out why he does these crazy things.

1 b : to find an answer or solution for (something, such as a problem)

figure out [=solve] a math problem

2 figure (someone) out or figure out (someone) : to understand the behavior of (someone)

He does these crazy things, and I just can't figure him out.

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Main Entry:figure

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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