Factor - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfæktər|  American pronunciation of the word factor
Brit.  |ˈfaktə|  British pronunciation of the word factor


- anything that contributes causally to a result
- an abstract part of something(syn: component, constituent, element, ingredient)
- one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer(syn: divisor)
- a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission (syn: agent, broker)
- any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together
- an independent variable in statistics
- (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(syn: cistron, gene)


- resolve into factors
- be a contributing factor
- consider as relevant when making a decision


There were several factors contributing to their recent decline.

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

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

There are other important factors to be considered.

Its weight went up by a factor of eight.

The rise in crime is mainly due to social and economic factors.

The vaccination program has been a major factor in the improvement of health standards.

The weather could be a crucial factor in tomorrow's game.

We liked both houses, but price was the deciding factor.

Even in July the windchill factor (=the degree to which the air feels colder because of the wind) can be intense.

3 is a factor of 15.

a number of factors determined the outcome

a key factor in her success

a quantum computer can factor the number 15

make things factor into a company's profitability

Word forms

I/you/we/they: factor
he/she/it: factors
present participle: factoring
past tense: factored
past participle: factored
singular: factor
plural: factors
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