figure out (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb figure out (2).

Meaning: If you figure somebody out, you know what they're like and how they're likely to act.

Synonym: work out, understand

For example:

  • figure sb out I've known Tatiana for a couple of years, but I still haven't figured her out. I never know what she's going to say or do.

  • figure sb out A good personnel manager can figure people out quickly.

Quick Quiz:

If you've figured somebody out, you have a good idea of

a. how much money they've got

b. how much they weigh

c. how they'll act

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