What does agent mean?

Definitions for agent
ˈeɪ dʒəntagent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agentnoun

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

    "their research uncovered new disease agents"

  2. agentnoun

    a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

  3. agentnoun

    a substance that exerts some force or effect

  4. agent, factor, brokernoun

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

  5. agent, federal agentnoun

    any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

  6. agentive role, agentnoun

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


  1. Agentnoun

    (Biochem., Med.) a chemical substance having biological effects; a drug.


  1. agentnoun

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

  2. agentnoun

    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. agentnoun

    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. agentnoun

    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 intelligent agent 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. agentnoun

    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. Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agentadjective

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

  2. Agentnoun

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

  3. Agentnoun

    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. Agentnoun

    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

  5. Etymology: [L. agens, agentis, p. pr. of agere to act; akin to Gr. to lead, Icel. aka to drive, Skr. aj. 2.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Agent

    āj′ent, n. a person or thing that acts or exerts power: any natural force acting on matter: one authorised or delegated to transact business for another.—n. Ag′ency, the office or business, operation or action, of an agent; instrumentality.—Law agent, a general term in Scotland, including Writers to the Signet, Solicitors to the Supreme Court, and Procurators in the sheriff courts—the requirements are an indentured apprenticeship of five years to a law agent, the passing of examinations in general knowledge and in law, and formal admission by the Court of Session. [L. agĕre, to do. See Act.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. agent

    In physics, expresses that by which a thing is done or effected.--Navy agent is a deputy employed to pass accounts, transact business, and receive pay or other monies, in behoof of the officers and crew, and to apply the proceeds as directed by them.--Agent victuallers, officers appointed to the charge of provisions at our foreign ports and stations, to contract for, buy, and regulate, under the authority of the commissioners of the navy. (See NEGLIGENCE.)--Prize agent, one appointed for the sale of prizes, and nominated in equal numbers by the commander, the officers, and the ship's company.

Editors Contribution

  1. agent

    A person that represents a business, company or organization.

    The customer service agent was helpful, understanding and kind.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of agent in a Sentence

  1. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland:

    I don't check those emails, that is what my doctor is doing and my agent.

  2. Sidney Aki:

    Smugglers will try every possible way to try and get their product, or in this case live reptiles, across the border, in this occasion, the smuggler attempted to deceive CBP officers in order to bring these animals into Chad Plantz, without taking care for the health and safety of the animals. The unidentified driver was arrested for attempting to smuggle the live reptiles. He was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement( ICE), Homeland Security investigators( HSI), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service( FWS) for further processing. The vehicle and the live reptiles were seized. The horned lizards found during the smuggling attempt at the San Ysidro border crossing last month( CBP) ARIZONA BORDER PATROL AGENT SHOOTS AND KILLS MEXICAN MIGRANT ON Chad Plantz SIDE OF THE BORDER The horned lizards and snakes were placed in a secure and safe area, and they will remain in quarantine because some species were endangered, according to the release. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP.

  3. Jason McDonald:

    The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats, although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).

  4. Corey Linsley:

    My agent hasn’t had any talks with the Packers, that’s obviously not to say something couldn’t happen, but up to this point it’s kind of been complimentary but nothing of substance.

  5. Sonya Romero:

    Being a teacher is being an advocate, being an agent for their change and to help them in any way that they need, it means really caring about these kids so they can give back and we can keep that cycle going.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. transparent
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    • C. abrupt
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