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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

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>

fac·tor·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of factor

  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.



Origin of factor

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


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with factor


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factor

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

Full Definition of factor

fac·toredfac·tor·ing 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

fac·tor·able play \-t(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective

1621

First Known Use of factor

1621


Medical Dictionary

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

  3. fac·to·ri·al \fak-ˈtōr-ē-əl, -ˈtȯr-\play adjective






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