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noun [countable] factor pronunciation in British English /ˈfæktə(r)/
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  1. 1
    one of the things that influence whether an event happens or the way that it happens
    an important/major/key factor: Safety is the single most important factor in a car’s design.
    risk factor (=something that may cause something dangerous or harmful): Lack of exercise is also a risk factor for heart disease.
    factor in: Public pressure was a factor in the government’s decision.
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  2. 2
    a measurement that shows how strong or large something is
    Use a sun cream with a high protection factor.

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