What does agent mean?

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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

GCIDE

  1. Agentnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. agentnoun

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

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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 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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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".

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agentadjective

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

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

  2. Agentnoun

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

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".

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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Numerology

  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. Chris Ferreri:

    One of the key objectives of post-crisis regulation was to reduce the risk of banks that were 'too big to fail', but the unintended consequence has produced quite the opposite. We have actually seen an increase in risk concentration among the top firms, the dealer community as a whole is struggling with this transition and we believe OpenDoor has created a model where we can serve clients as both principal and agent which helps to re-liquify the off-the-run market and preserve those deep and valuable relationships.

  2. James Bevan:

    The investigation team also experienced headaches and nausea when in close proximity to the projectile/agent.

  3. Lindsey Graham:

    I am going to ask the FBI director - was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians? I find it astonishing.

  4. Ali Kurnaz:

    We are seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an The FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation.

  5. Dennis Quaid:

    My agent wanted to represent him and he said no I want to do it on my own, and then, of course, he gets an agent on his own and his first movie is Hunger Games. Then he gets in [Martin] Scorseses Vinyl on television, which was the hottest show there was. Now hes doing The Boys, which is the hottest thing on streaming. Its a great show.

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