factor: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fak'tur), [key]
- one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation: Poverty is only one of the factors in crime.
- one of two or more numbers, algebraic expressions, or the like, that when multiplied together produce a given product; a divisor: 6 and 3 are factors of 18.
- any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, esp. those whose exact nature and function are unknown.
- a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.
- a person who acts or transacts business for another; an agent.
- an agent entrusted with the possession of goods to be sold in the agent's name; a merchant earning a commission by selling goods belonging to others.
- a person or business organization that provides money for another's new business venture; one who finances another's business.
- the steward or bailiff of an estate.
- to express (a mathematical quantity) as a product of two or more quantities of like kind, as 30 = 2&syl;3&syl;5, or x − y = (x + y) (x − y). Cf. expand (def. 4a).
- to act as a factor for.
- to act as a factor.
- to include as an essential element, esp. in forecasting or planning: You must factor insurance payments into the cost of maintaining a car.
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