Definitions for Agentˈeɪ dʒənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•gentˈeɪ dʒənt(n.)

  1. a person or business authorized to act on another's behalf.

  2. a person or thing that acts or has the power to act.

  3. a natural force or object producing or used for obtaining specific results:

    Many insects are agents of fertilization.

  4. an active cause; an efficient cause.

  5. a person who works for or manages an agency.

  6. a person who acts in an official capacity for a government agency, as a law-enforcement officer or a spy:

    an FBI agent.

    Category: Government

  7. a linguistic form or construction, usu. a noun or noun phrase, denoting an animate being that performs or causes the action expressed by the verb, as the police in

    The car was found by the police.

    Category: Grammar

  8. a representative of a business firm, esp. a traveling salesperson.

  9. a substance that causes a chemical reaction.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare reagent.

  10. a drug or chemical capable of eliciting a biological response.

    Category: Pharmacology

  11. an organism that is a cause or vector of disease.

    Category: Pathology

  12. (v.t.)to represent (a person or thing); act as an agent on:

    to agent a manuscript; Who agented that deal?

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of agent:

1570–80; < L agent-, s. of agēns, prp. of agere to drive, do, act

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agent(noun)

    an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect

    "their research uncovered new disease agents"

  2. agent(noun)

    a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

  3. agent(noun)

    a substance that exerts some force or effect

  4. agent, factor, broker(noun)

    a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

  5. agent, federal agent(noun)

    any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

  6. agentive role, agent(noun)

    the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. agent(noun)ˈeɪ dʒənt

    sb who helps others find work, do business, etc.

    Hollywood actors and their agents

  2. agentˈeɪ dʒənt

    sb employed by a government to get secrets from other governments; = spy

    a secret agent

Wiktionary

  1. agent(Noun)

    One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.

  2. agent(Noun)

    One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.

  3. agent(Noun)

    An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent.

  4. agent(Noun)

    In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase u201Cintelligent agentu201D it implies some kind of autonomous process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.

  5. agent(Noun)

    The participant of a situation that carries out the action in this situation, e.g. "the boy" in the sentences "The boy kicked the ball" and "The ball was kicked by the boy".

  6. Origin: From agens, present participle of ago

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agent(adj)

    acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action

  2. Agent(noun)

    one who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor

  3. Agent(noun)

    one who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor

  4. Agent(noun)

    an active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent

Freebase

  1. Agent

    In linguistics, a grammatical agent is the cause or initiator of an event. Agent may also be the name of the thematic role. The word comes from the present participle agens, agentis of the Latin verb agere, to "do" or "make".

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. agent

    In intelligence usage, one who is authorized or instructed to obtain or to assist in obtaining information for intelligence or counterintelligence purposes.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2379

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3013

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Nouns Frequency: #590


Translations for Agent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

agent(noun)

a person or thing that acts

detergents and other cleaning agents.

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