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figure out

To figure out is to investigate or think something through in order to understand it. You might figure out through a little online sleuthing that your kindergarten teacher moved to Alaska and became a salmon fisherman.

You can figure out the answer to a tricky math problem using a calculator, and you can figure out how old you were when you visited Disney World by looking at photographs and consulting your parents. This informal phrase comes in handy whether you're finding the solution for a big problem or simply puzzling out something small, like when you figure out which kind of treat your dog likes best.

Definitions of figure out
  1. verb
    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
    synonyms: lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
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    answer, resolve
    understand the meaning of
    riddle
    explain a riddle
    strike
    arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing
    guess, infer
    guess correctly; solve by guessing
    answer
    give the correct answer or solution to
    break
    find the solution or key to
    tell
    discern or comprehend
    type of:
    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
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