factor Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"factor" in British English

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factornoun [C]

uk   /ˈfæk.tər/  us   /-tɚ/

factor noun [C] (FACT)

B2 a ​fact or ​situation that ​influences the ​result of something: People's ​votinghabits 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 ​largelydue to ​its feel-good factor (= ​itsability to make ​peoplefeelhappy).
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factor noun [C] (NUMBER)

specialized mathematics in ​mathematics, any ​wholenumber that is ​produced when you ​divide a ​largernumber by another ​wholenumber: Two, three, four and six are all factors of twelve. a ​particularlevel on some ​systems of ​measurement: a ​windchill factor of -20UK a factor 20 ​suntancreamby a factor of If an ​amountbecomeslarger or ​smaller by a factor of a ​particularnumber, it ​becomes that ​number of ​timeslarger or ​smaller: Cases of ​leukaemia in the ​area near the ​nuclearreactor have ​risen by a factor of four.
(Definition of factor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˈfæk·tər/

factor noun (SITUATION)

[C] a ​fact or ​situation that ​influences a ​result: Economic factors had a lot to do with ​theirdecision 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)

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factornoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfæktər/
one of several things that affects or ​influences a ​situation: Increasing use of ​onlinenewspapers 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 ​collectdebts 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 ​finalfigures by a factor of three.
COMMERCE a ​company or ​person that ​sellsgoodsproduced 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 ​peoplenotice them: What's missing from this ​organization is the ​leadership factor. Her latest ​fashioncollection certainly has the wow factor.

factorverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈfæktər/
FINANCE to ​sell the ​right to ​collectpayments and ​debtsowed to your ​company or ​organization to another ​business: How many of their ​operations are factored? Factoring is just one way of ​raisingcapital in the ​shortterm.
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(Definition of factor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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