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# factor

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noun fac·tor \ˈfak-tər\

## Simple Definition of factor

• : something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen

• mathematics : a number that evenly divides a larger number

• : an amount by which another amount is multiplied or divided

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

## Full Definition of factor

1. 1 :  one who acts or transacts business for another: as a :  broker 1b b :  one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)

2. 2 a (1) :  one that actively contributes to the production of a result :  ingredient <price wasn't a factor in the decision> (2) :  a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system b :  a good or service used in the process of production

3. 3 :  gene

4. 4 a :  any of the numbers or symbols in mathematics that when multiplied together form a product; also :  a number or symbol that divides another number or symbol b :  a quantity by which a given quantity is multiplied or divided in order to indicate a difference in measurement <costs increased by a factor of 10>

## factorship

play \-ˌship\ noun

## Examples of factor in a sentence

1. There were several factors contributing to their recent decline.

2. Poor planning was a major factor in the company's failure.

3. 6, 4, 3, and 2 are factors of 12.

## Did You Know?

In Latin factor means simply "doer". So in English a factor is an "actor" or element or ingredient in some situation or quantity. Charm can be a factor in someone's success, and lack of exercise can be a factor in producing a poor physique. In math we use factor to mean a number that can be multiplied or divided to produce a given number (for example, 5 and 8 are factors of 40). And in biology a gene may be called a factor, since genes are ingredients in the total organism.

## Origin and Etymology of factor

Middle English, from Middle French facteur, from Latin factor doer, from facere

First Known Use: 15th century

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verb fac·tor

## Simple Definition of factor

• : to consider or include (something) in making a judgment or calculation

• : to not consider or include (something) in making a judgment or calculation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

## factoring

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
1. ###### intransitive verb
2. :  to work as a factor

3. ###### transitive verb
4. 1 :  to resolve into factors

5. 2 a :  to include or admit as a factor —used with in or into <factor inflation into our calculations> b :  to exclude as a factor —used with out

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## factor

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noun fac·tor \ˈfak-tər\

## Definition of factor for Students

1. 1 :  something that helps produce a result <Price was a factor in my decision.>

2. 2 :  any of the numbers that when multiplied together form a product <The factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3, and 6.>

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verb fac·tor

## factoring

1. 1 :  to be considered in making a judgment <Class participation will factor into your grade.>

2. 2 :  to find the factors of a number

## factor

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noun fac·tor \ˈfak-tər\

## Medical Definition of factor

1. 1a:  something that actively contributes to the production of a resultb:  a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system

2. 2:  gene

noun fac·tor

## Legal Definition of factor

1. 1 :  one who acts or transacts business for another: as a :  a commercial agent who buys or sells goods for others on commission b :  one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)

2. 2 :  a person or thing that actively contributes to the production of a result <a difference in salary based on a factor other than sex>

## Origin and Etymology of factor

Medieval Latin, doer, maker, agent, from Latin, maker, from facere to do, make

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