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factor

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1  —as in:
It was the deciding factor.
Definition something that affects a result or outcome
  • During the course of the first paragraph, the narrator's focus shifts from factors making her unhappy to identification of alternatives.
factors = things (that influence an outcome)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Lack of exercise is a bigger risk factor than obesity in premature death.
  • factor = influence (something that affects a result or outcome)
  • Cost was an important factor in our decision.
  • factor = thing (that influenced a result)
  • As with so many other things, time is the key factor—speed in discovering the deficiency, and speed in administering hormonal substitutes.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • factor = influence (something that affects a result or outcome)
  • Crake explained about the rapid-growth factors he'd incorporated.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • factors = things that affect a result or outcome
  • Sometimes they're caused by the interaction of many genes, possibly in combination with environmental factors.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • factors = influences (things that affect other things)
  • I wrote that children of bipolar parents are hit with double risk factors: first, because they are genetically predisposed to mood disorders, and second, because of the stressful environment and poor parenting of parents with such disorders.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • factors = things that affect a result or outcome
  • At most, weather a contributing factor.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • factor = thing that affects a result or outcome
  • Whether the publication of a person's medical records would violate HIPAA today depends on many factors; most important, who released the records.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • factors = things that affect a result or outcome
  • He went on: "If anything these schools are a factor deepening and sharpening social distinctions."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
factor = something that affects a result or outcome

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2  —as in:
factor it into your thinking
Definition include consideration of
  • Did you factor maintenance costs into your budget?
factor = include consideration of
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Be sure to factor the cost of insurance into your decision when you think about buying a car.
  • factor = include for consideration
  • They've promoted the Ultimate Intelligence Project as a way to avoid rash decisions, to delay until all variables can be factored.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
  • And two days after the game it would occur to them that Chris Doleman or Lawrence Taylor or Bruce Smith hadn't factored into the game.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • factored = influenced (a result or outcome)
  • I'm really not in the mood to divvy up everything into eleven equal parts, factoring in age, body weight, and physical output.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • factoring = considering (the affect on a result or outcome)
  • But I'd never factored a daughter into the equation.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
  • The problem arises when the additional information of gender and race is factored into a decision about an individual patient.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
  • "There's one thing this Matt Ridley bloke hasn't factored in," I said.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
  • What happens when the whistle-blowers' corroborating evidence is factored into the analysis of the match data?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)
  • My rank can't be as bad as it used to be, especially after I beat Molly, but it might not be good enough to get me in the top ten at the end of initiation, especially when the Dauntless-born initiates are factored in.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
factored = considered (for affect on a result or outcome)

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Less commonly:
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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