figure out



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figure out (third-person singular simple present figures out, present participle figuring out, simple past and past participle figured out)

  1. (informal) To come to understand; to discover or find a solution; to deduce.
    As soon as I figure out what is wrong with my car, I will fix it.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      In a bid to understand the eternal mystery that is woman, Bart goes to the least qualified possible source for advice and counsel: his father, who remarkably seems to have made it to his mid-30s without quite figuring out much of anything.
  2. (informal) To calculate.
    We'd already figured out that the trip would cost $1,000.