Meaning of FACTOR in English


I. ˈfak-tər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French facteur, from Latin factor doer, from facere

Date: 15th century

1. : one who acts or transacts business for another: as

a. : broker 1b

b. : one that lends money to producers and dealers (as on the security of accounts receivable)



(1) : one that actively contributes to the production of a result : ingredient

price wasn't a factor in the decision

(2) : a substance that functions in or promotes the function of a particular physiological process or bodily system

b. : a good or service used in the process of production

3. : gene


a. : any of the numbers or symbols in mathematics that when multiplied together form a product ; also : a number or symbol that divides another number or symbol

b. : a quantity by which a given quantity is multiplied or divided in order to indicate a difference in measurement

costs increased by a factor of 10

• fac·tor·ship -ˌship noun

II. verb

( fac·tored ; fac·tor·ing -t(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 1621

intransitive verb

: to work as a factor

transitive verb

1. : to resolve into factors


a. : to include or admit as a factor — used with in or into

factor inflation into our calculations

b. : to exclude as a factor — used with out

• fac·tor·able -t(ə-)rə-bəl adjective

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