• A doer, maker; a person who does things for another person or organization.
  • An agent or representative.
  • One of the elements, circumstances, or influences which contribute to produce a result.
  • Any of various objects multiplied together to form some whole.
  • Influence; a phenomenon that affects the nature, the magnitude, and/or the timing of a consequence.
  • A resource used in the production of goods or services, a factor of production.
  • A steward or bailiff of an estate.


  • To find all the factors of (a number or other mathematical object) (the objects that divide it evenly).
  • To be a product of other objects.
  • To sell a debt or debts to an agent (the factor) to collect.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle French facteur, from Latin factor, from factus, perfect passive participle of faciƍ.

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