factor meaning

[ 'fæktə ] Pronunciation:   "factor" in a sentence
  • Noun: factor  faktu(r)
    1. Anything that contributes causally to a result
      "a number of factors determined the outcome" 
    2. An abstract part of something
      "a key factor in her success"
      - component, constituent, element, ingredient 
    3. One of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer
      "what are the 4 factors of 6?"
      - divisor 
    4. A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
      - agent, broker 
    5. Any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together 
    6. An independent variable in statistics 
    7. (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity
      "genes were formerly called factors"
      - gene, cistron
    Verb: factor  faktu(r)
    1. Resolve into factors
      "a quantum computer can factor the number 15"
      - factor in, factor out 
    2. Be a contributing factor
      "make things factor into a company's profitability" 
    3. Consider as relevant when making a decision
      "You must factor in the recent developments"
      - factor in, factor out

    Derived forms: factoring, factors, factored

    See also: factorization, factorize

    Type of: add, bestow, bourgeois, bring, businessperson, calculate, cause, cipher, compute, consider, contribute, cypher, division, experimental variable, figure [N. Amer], impart, independent variable, integer, lend, number, part, reckon, section, sequence, study, whole number, work out

    Part of: brokerage, brokerage firm, chromosome, deoxyribonucleic acid, desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, securities firm

    Encyclopedia: Factor

  • [Business]
    noun, verb



    1 [C]

    one of several things that cause or influence sth:

    You need to take economic factors into account.

    Training is a big factor in the success of a company.

    The drop in sales was caused by factors outside our control.

    Lack of promotion and the difficulty of getting time off work were contributory factors to my decision to resign.

    Price is not the only factor in making a purchasing decision.

    a big/critical/crucial/an important/a key/significant factor

    ◆ the deciding/decisive/determining/main/major factor

    ◆ factors affect/cause/contribute to/influence sth

    2 [sing.] the ... factor

    a quality or feature that has an important influence on whether sb/sth is popular, successful, etc:

    A new product needs to have the 'wow' factor (= it must impress people immediately).

    The hassle factor of extra security checks has stopped many businesspeople from flying.

    3 [C]

    the amount by which sth increases or decreases:

    The real wage of the average worker has increased by a factor of over ten (= by more than ten times) in the last 70 years.

    4 (Finance ) [C]

    a business that buys the right to collect payments that are owed to a manufacturer:

    A factor can take anything between two and eight per cent of an invoice as their fee.

    a debt/invoice factor


    5 (Commerce ) [C]

    a person or business that acts as an agent in particular trades, usually receiving a fee based on the amount of sales achieved. Factors hold the goods and sell them in their own name.


    verb [+ obj]

    (Finance )

    to sell the right to collect payments from customers to a bank, company, etc:

    The company was forced to raise money by factoring its accounts receivable.

    to factor an invoice



    factor sth in; factor sth into sth (Technical )

    to include a particular fact or situation when you are calculating sth or when you are thinking about or planning sth:

    Remember to factor in staffing costs when you are planning the project.

    Today's share prices already factor in (= are influenced by) a drop in the price of oil.

    factor sth out; factor sth out of sth (Technical )

    to not include a particular fact or situation when you are calculating sth or when you are thinking about or planning sth:

    You have to factor out newly opened or closed stores when comparing sales between one year and the next.

  • [Electronics]
    1. A data element that is an operand in an arithmetic operation.
    2. To find the two or more numbers whose product is the number being factored.
    3. One of two or more numbers whose product is the number being factored.

  • [Finance]
    A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

  • [Law]
    n. An agent entrusted with the possession of goods (or documents of title representing goods) for the purposes of sale. A factor is likely to fall within the definition of a mercantile agent in the Factors Act 1889and to have the powers of a mercantile agent. A factor has a lien over the goods entrusted to him that covers any claims against the principal arising out of the agency.


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  1. a number of factors contribute to this.
  2. we call this factor the extent of reaction.
  3. this is the basic factor of the advance in price.
  4. three factors falsified his expectations.
  5. he became the factor of lochiel country.

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