Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

figure out

figure out
Meaning(s)
1) solve, or understand someone/something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • figure out the problem
  • Analysis
    To 'figure out' something means to have a realisation or to solve or finally understand something. This is a casual phrase used often in everyday speech. If you say to someone 'I will figure it out' it means you intend to understand by yourself how to do something or how it works. If you 'can't figure something out' it means you can't understand it. This can be used in various situations from talking about 'figuring out' match homework or trying to 'figure out' why the person you are attracted to hasn't asked you on a date yet.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. A lot of people don't get what makes Gary tick, but I think I have him figured out. He's motivated by challenges rather than money.
    2. The most annoying part of my day is figuring out what to have for dinner. I can never decide!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We've identified what the problem with the process is, now we just need to figure out a way of fixing it.
    2. I can't figure out how to respond to these metrics. Perhaps we can come together and share a few ideas.
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