definition: something that has an influence on or is a partial cause of something that happens.
example: The element of surprise was an important factor in determining the outcome of the battle.
example: Several factors led to the weakening of the economy.
example: Her decision to quit was influenced by several factors, not just the fact that she was passed up for a promotion.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun “factor”
ADJECTIVE + factor: important ~, contributing ~, likely ~, relevant ~, influential ~, crucial ~, determining ~, intrinsic ~, inherent ~, unrelated ~, related ~, critical ~, deciding ~, predictive ~, pertinent ~