Definitions for Agentˈeɪ dʒənt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Agent
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person or business authorized to act on another's behalf.
a person or thing that acts or has the power to act.
a natural force or object producing or used for obtaining specific results:
Many insects are agents of fertilization.
an active cause; an efficient cause.
a person who works for or manages an agency.
a person who acts in an official capacity for a government agency, as a law-enforcement officer or a spy:
an FBI agent.
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.
a representative of a business firm, esp. a traveling salesperson.
a substance that causes a chemical reaction.
Ref: Compare reagent.
a drug or chemical capable of eliciting a biological response.
an organism that is a cause or vector of disease.
(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
an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect
"their research uncovered new disease agents"
a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
a substance that exerts some force or effect
agent, factor, broker(noun)
a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
agent, federal agent(noun)
any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
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
sb who helps others find work, do business, etc.
Hollywood actors and their agents
sb employed by a government to get secrets from other governments; = spy
a secret agent
One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Origin: From agens, present participle of ago
acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action
one who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor
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
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
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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2379
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3013
Rank popularity for the word 'Agent' in Nouns Frequency: #590
Translations for Agent
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person or thing that acts
detergents and other cleaning agents.
- agentePortuguese (BR)
- činitel, prostředekCzech
- der, die Handelnde(r);das MittelGerman
- agent; (rengørings-)middelDanish
- vahend, tegijaEstonian
- کارگذار؛ عاملFarsi
- vaikuttava aineFinnish
- סוֹכֵן, גוֹרֵםHebrew
- agen, zatIndonesian
- orsakavaldur; virkt efniIcelandic
- 行為者, 作用物Japanese
- medžiaga, įrankisLithuanian
- spēks; līdzeklisLatvian
- agens, middelDutch
- działacz czynnik, środekPolish
- کارگذار؛ عاملPersian
- کار کوونکیPashto
- агент; средствоRussian
- činiteľ, činidloSlovak
- povzročitelj; čistilno sredstvoSlovenian
- handlande person, medelSwedish
- temsilci, araç, vasıtaTurkish
- (會產生作用)的人或東西Chinese (Trad.)
- діюча сила; діюча речовинаUkrainian
- tác nhân; chấtVietnamese
- （发生作用）的人或事Chinese (Simp.)
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