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"factor" in British English

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factornoun [C]

uk   /ˈfæk.tər/ us   /ˈfæk.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 -20UK a factor 20 suntan cream
by 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.
(Definition of factor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"factor" in American English

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factornoun

us   /ˈfæk·tər/
  • factor noun (SITUATION)

[C] a fact or situation that influences a result: Economic factors had a lot to do with their decision to sell the company.
  • factor noun (NUMBER)

[C] algebra a number or variable (= letter or symbol) that is being multiplied in a product (= result of multiplying): In 6×3=18, 6 and 3 are factors of the product 18.
[C] algebra A factor of a product is a number that the product can be divided by exactly.
(Definition of factor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"factor" in Business English

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factornoun [C]

uk   /ˈfæktər/ us  
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.

factorverb [T]

uk   /ˈfæktər/ us  
FINANCE to sell the right to collect payments and debts owed to your company or organization to another business: How many of their operations are factored? Factoring is just one way of raising capital in the short term.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of factor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“factor” in British English

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