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
(Biochem., Med.) a chemical substance having biological effects; a drug.
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
Origin: [L. agens, agentis, p. pr. of agere to act; akin to Gr. to lead, Icel. aka to drive, Skr. aj. 2.]
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
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
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
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'agent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2379
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Rank popularity for the word 'agent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3013
Rank popularity for the word 'agent' in Nouns Frequency: #590
The numerical value of agent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of agent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of agent in a Sentence
God is an invisible saint not agent
Every FBI agent should demand that that man be fired.
I send no agent or medium, offer no representative of value,
you're never more than twenty yards away from an estate agent!
I don't check those emails, that is what my doctor is doing and my agent.
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- агент, представител, посредник, действаща силаBulgarian
- agentCatalan, Valencian
- zástupce, agentCzech
- Agent, AgensGerman
- toimija, vaikuttaja, taudinaiheuttaja, agentti, asiamies, vaikuttava aineFinnish
- neach-ionaidScottish Gaelic
- סוכנת, סוכןHebrew
- ügynök, képviselő, ágensHungarian
- 대리인, 代理人Korean
- procurator, actorLatin
- pārstāvis, aģentsLatvian
- vertegenwoordiger, bewerker, agent, tussenpersoon, handelend persoonDutch
- деятель, агент, представитель, фактор, средство, агенс, исполнитель, посредник, действующая сила, реагент, реактивRussian
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