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factor

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈfæktər/
one of several things that affects or influences a situation: Increasing use of online newspapers was definitely a contributing factor to the company's collapse. a key/significant/major factor a critical/crucial factor a deciding/decisive factor
( also invoice factor) FINANCE a business that buys the right to collect debts for another company and charges for collecting them: Using a factor can be a good way of getting better cashflow.
the amount that a number is multiplied or divided by: a factor of 3/10/75, etc. You should reduce your final figures by a factor of three.
COMMERCE a company or person that sells goods produced by another company using their own name, usually for payment
the . . . factor something special that a product, idea, person, etc. has that makes them successful or makes people notice them: What's missing from this organization is the leadership factor. Her latest fashion collection certainly has the wow factor.
→  See also adjustment factor , critical success factor , feelgood factor , hygiene factor , load factor , motivator factor , weighting factor
Translations of “factor”
in Spanish factor, divisor…
in Arabic عامِل…
in Korean 요인…
in Portuguese fator…
in French facteur, diviseur…
in German der Faktor…
in Catalan factor…
in Japanese 要素…
in Russian фактор, множитель…
in Italian fattore…
in Turkish etmen, unsur, etken…
in Polish czynnik, podzielnik…
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