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English definition of “factor”

factor

noun [C] (FACT)    /ˈfæk.tər/ US  /-tɚ/
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 general election.informal The film's success is largely due to its feel-good factor (= its ability to make people feel happy).Causing things to happen
(Definition of factor noun (FACT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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