One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Count or rely on something happening or being the case in the future.‘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
- ‘I had figured on Sunday being the busy drive day - I guess I wasn't alone in that assessment.’
- ‘They figured on holding the auditions in three days, depending on how many people responded.’
- ‘I was figuring on leaving the leftovers in the break room in case anyone wanted a snack.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘We weren't counting how many people would be bereft if we died, because we weren't figuring on dying.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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