(noun, verb)


1. anything that contributes causally to a result

- a number of factors determined the outcome

Definition categories: event, cause

2. an abstract part of something

- a key factor in her success

Similar word(s): component, constituent, element, ingredient

Definition categories: thought, division, part, section

3. one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer

- what are the 4 factors of 6?

Similar word(s): divisor

Definition categories: quantity, integer

4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

Similar word(s): agent, broker

Definition categories: person, bourgeois, businessperson

5. any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together

Definition categories: quantity, number

6. an independent variable in statistics

Definition categories: thought

7. (genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity

- genes were formerly called factors

Similar word(s): cistron, gene

Definition categories: body, sequence

Sentences with factor as a noun:

- The factor of the trading post bought the furs.

- The greatest factor in the decision was the need for public transportation.

- The economy was a factor in this year's budget figures.

- 3 is a factor of 12, as are 2, 4 and 6.

- The factors of the Klein four-group are both cyclic of order 2.

- The launch temperature was a factor of the Challenger disaster.


1. resolve into factors

- a quantum computer can factor the number 15

Definition categories: cognition, calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon

2. be a contributing factor

- make things factor into a company's profitability

Definition categories: possession, add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart, lend

3. consider as relevant when making a decision

- You must factor in the recent developments

Definition categories: cognition, consider, study