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factor

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæk.tər/ us    /-tɚ/

factor noun [C] (FACT)

B2 a fact or situation that influences the result of something: People's voting habits are influenced by political, social and economic factors. Heavy snow was a contributing factor in the accident. Price will be a major/crucial factor in the success of this new product. The economy is regarded as the decisive/key factor in the outcome of the election. informal The movie's success is largely due to its feel-good factor (= its ability to make people feel happy).
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factor noun [C] (NUMBER)

specialized mathematics in mathematics, any whole number that is produced when you divide a larger number by another whole number: Two, three, four and six are all factors of twelve. a particular level on some systems of measurement: a wind chill factor of -20 UK a factor 20 suntan creamby a factor of If an amount becomes larger or smaller by a factor of a particular number, it becomes that number of times larger or smaller: Cases of leukaemia in the area near the nuclear reactor have risen by a factor of four.
Translations of “factor”
in Korean 요인…
in Arabic عامِل…
in French facteur, diviseur…
in Turkish etmen, unsur, etken…
in Italian fattore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 事實, 因素, 要素…
in Russian фактор, множитель…
in Polish czynnik, podzielnik…
in Spanish factor, divisor…
in Portuguese fator…
in German der Faktor…
in Catalan factor…
in Japanese 要素…
in Chinese (Simplified) 事实, 因素, 要素…
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