Definition of Agent in English :

Define Agent in English

Agent meaning in English

Meaning of Agent in English

Pronunciation of Agent in English

Agent pronunciation in English

Pronounce Agent in English


see synonyms of agent


1. agent

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

Example Sentences:
'their research uncovered new disease agents'

2. agent

a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

3. agent

a substance that exerts some force or effect

4. agent, broker, factor

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

5. agent, federal agent

any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

6. agent, agentive role

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

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of agent
a person who acts on behalf of another person, group, business, government, etc; representative
a person or thing that acts or has the power to act
a phenomenon, substance, or organism that exerts some force or effect
a chemical agent
the means by which something occurs or is achieved; instrument
wind is an agent of plant pollination
a person representing a business concern, esp a travelling salesman
6. British short for estate agent
7.  short for secret agent

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of agent
a person or thing that performs an action or brings about a certain result, or that is able to do so
an active force or substance producing an effect
a chemical agent
a person, firm, etc. empowered to act for another
4.  US
a representative of a government agency
revenue agent
5.  US, Informal
a traveling salesperson
6.  Grammar
the word or words designating the person or thing that performs the action of the verb in a sentence
verb intransitive, verb transitive
to act or work as an agent (on)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of agent
1. One that acts or has the power or authority to act.
2. One empowered to act for or represent another: an author's agent; an insurance agent.
3. A means by which something is done or caused; an instrument.
4. A force or substance that causes a change: a chemical agent; an infectious agent.
5. A representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government: an FBI agent.
6. A spy.
7. Linguistics The argument that expresses the means or cause of an action or event described by a phrase or clause. The noun John is the agent in the clause John threw the ball.
v. a·gent·ed, a·gent·ing, a·gents
To act as an agent or representative for: Who will agent your next book?
To act as an agent or representative.

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