Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun factor

7 senses of factor

Sense 1
factor -- (anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome")
       => cause -- (events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash")

Sense 2
component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient -- (an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech")
       => part, section, division -- (one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division")

Sense 3
divisor, factor -- (one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer; "what are the 4 factors of 6?")
       => integer, whole number -- (any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction")

Sense 4
agent, factor, broker -- (a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission)
       => businessperson, bourgeois -- (a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise)

Sense 5
factor -- (any of the numbers (or symbols) that form a product when multiplied together)
       => number -- (a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence")

Sense 6
factor -- (an independent variable in statistics)
       => independent variable, experimental variable -- ((statistics) a variable whose values are independent of changes in the values of other variables)

Sense 7
gene, cistron, factor -- ((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")
       => sequence -- (serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern; "the sequence of names was alphabetical"; "he invented a technique to determine the sequence of base pairs in DNA")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb factor

3 senses of factor

Sense 1
factor, factor in, factor out -- (resolve into factors; "a quantum computer can factor the number 15")
       => calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figure -- (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Sense 2
factor -- (be a contributing factor; "make things factor into a company's profitability")
       => lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring -- (bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program")

Sense 3
factor, factor in, factor out -- (consider as relevant when making a decision; "You must factor in the recent developments")
       => study, consider -- (give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of moving")

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