IPA: fˈæktɝ


  • (obsolete) A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.
  • An agent or representative.
  • (law)
  • A commission agent.
  • A person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
  • A business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
  • One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
  • (mathematics) Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
  • (causal analysis) Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
  • (economics) A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
  • (Scotland) A steward or bailiff of an estate.
  • A surname.


  • (transitive) To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
  • (of a number or other mathematical object, intransitive) To be a product of other objects.
  • (commercial, transitive) To sell a debt or debts to an agent (the factor) to collect.

Examples of "factor" in Sentences

  • Please factorize this expression.
  • The numerical factors are the same.
  • Factorize the expression in the denominator.
  • Dehydration is always a factor in the desert.
  • Consider the problem of factoring the polynomial.
  • To factorize a number, you divide it into factors.
  • Factors contributing to the reduction in the divide.
  • It is an important factor in the socialization of pets.
  • Another factor is the condition of the clothes that we wear.
  • Do you know how to factorize using the highest common factor
  • Another factor is the short attention span of American voters.
  • Conditions of the serfdom are only a minor factor in all of that.
  • Another factor that can help in the selection of the right tree is its “cooling factor”.
  • Also a factor is the greying of fandom - as fans grow older and cease going, so less new young fans begin attending.
  • As we said over and over again during the Democratic primary, gender is a factor but not * the only factor* in choosing a candidate to support.
  • In your divvy up $1000 game theory scenario, the extra factor is the (ahem) principle of the thing: you describe B as motivated by irrational factors, which is essentially the same thing.
  • As history reveals, all systemic failures of society and markets are a result of what I term factor imbalance – i.e., an imbalance of social, political, and marketplace power between the major economic factors, capital and labor.

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