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Multiple Meanings
factor — as in:  It was the deciding factor.

During the course of the first paragraph, the narrator’s focus shifts from factors making her unhappy to identification of alternatives.
one of the things that influences a result or outcome
factor — as in:  factor it into your thinking

Did you factor maintenance costs into your budget?
include consideration of

See a comprehensive dictionary for other meanings. Less common meanings include one that has to do with units of measurement. More specialized meanings are used in fields including mathematics, business, finance, biology, and grammar.
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