One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Expect (something) to happen or be the case.‘anyone thinking of salmon fishing should figure on paying $200 a day’
plan on, calculate on, count on, rely on, bank on, bargain on, depend on, pin one's hopes onView synonyms
- ‘They figured on holding the auditions in three days, depending on how many people responded.’
- ‘She was figuring on getting a tree and since we have one and haven't used it in two years I figured maybe she could borrow it,’ Alison said.’
- ‘I was figuring on leaving the leftovers in the break room in case anyone wanted a snack.’
- ‘We weren't counting how many people would be bereft if we died, because we weren't figuring on dying.’
- ‘I had figured on Sunday being the busy drive day - I guess I wasn't alone in that assessment.’
- ‘I had figured on being serious at some points - writing my usual novel length posts about life and the world - but this has been much more entertaining for me.’
- ‘I was sure it wouldn't matter to him that I was figuring on ditching her as soon as I was let out.’
- ‘I wasn't expecting another plane, I figured on a car to take us to Hot Springs,’ Muriel said.’
- ‘Protecting the nation from a dictator was not something they figured on having to do when they were planning to build a new nation.’
- ‘Mom, about the slumber party how many guests were you figuring on?’
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