Definition of figure someone out in US English:

figure someone out

phrasal verb

  • Reach an understanding of a person's actions, motives, or personality.

    • ‘I've spent a lot of time over the past few months trying to figure you out.’
    • ‘When she figures him out, she will understand herself.’
    • ‘As for the other guy - you'll figure him out soon enough.’
    • ‘Basically, they're trying to figure you out and see if you run like prey or stand your ground.’
    • ‘It seems we need to figure someone out before we strike up a conversation.’
    • ‘‘I really can't figure you out,’ I say to him on one of my rare visits back into that dark office.’
    • ‘We told her that she might not want to talk to us because she might go crazy trying to figure us out.’
    • ‘But, if you think I am for such an agreement, you haven't figured me out yet.’
    • ‘But if someone's trying to figure you out, that is hard.’
    • ‘I imagine that strangers have even a harder time figuring him out.’
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