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Difference between Figure in something and Figure on something

figure in somethinghave a part in smth.; play a role in smth.:

  • The ass has, since the time of the Greeks, figured in fables as the type of ignorance and stupidity.

figure on something—(coll.) depend on smth.; plan on smth.:

  • Don’t figure on going abroad this summer, we may not be able to afford it.