What does agent mean?

Definitions for agent
ˈeɪ dʒəntagent

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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

GCIDE

  1. Agent(n.)

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

Wiktionary

  1. agent(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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.

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

  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".

    Etymology: From agens, present participle of ago

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agent(adj)

    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. Agent(noun)

    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. 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

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

  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

    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

How to pronounce agent?

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How to say agent in sign language?

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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. Ian Rush:

    The agent is there to get the best deal for the player, when a big club buys, they are trying to get the best deal for the club. So really, I don't think you can blame the agent, if the agent is doing the best job for his clients.

  2. Mary McNamara:

    The government sent out an undercover agent to get Amer to actually do something, take a step toward a terrorist offense, he just wouldn’t do it.

  3. Theo Padnos:

    You're a CIA agent and you're here to get the other CIA agent. We have him. i knew the torturer to be the sort of person who would say and do anything to get the answer he wanted.

  4. Jason Chaffetz:

    The fundamental problem is that they are still understaffed by nearly 1,000 agents, and the consequence is the people that are there have to work more hours than they ever should be scheduled to work, you don’t want an agent who’s been on the job for 12 hours a day for 30 days in a row standing guard on the president—that’s not good for anyone.

  5. Hugh Jackman:

    I was about to do ‘X-Men 2’ and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond, i just felt at the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real.

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