agent: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ā'junt), [key]
- a person or business authorized to act on another's behalf: Our agent in Hong Kong will ship the merchandise. A best-selling author needs a good agent.
- a person or thing that acts or has the power to act.
- a natural force or object producing or used for obtaining specific results: Many insects are agents of fertilization.
- an active cause; an efficient cause.
- a person who works for or manages an agency.
- a person who acts in an official capacity for a government or private agency, as a guard, detective, or spy: an FBI agent; the secret agents of a foreign power.
- a person responsible for a particular action: Who was the agent of this deed?
- a form or construction, usually a noun or noun phrase, denoting an animate being that performs or causes the action expressed by the verb, as the police in The car was found by the police.
- a representative of a business firm, esp. a traveling salesperson; canvasser; solicitor.
- a substance that causes a reaction.
- a drug or chemical capable of eliciting a biological response.
- any microorganism capable of causing disease.
- a campaign manager; an election agent.
- acting; exerting power (opposed to patient).
- to represent (a person or thing) as an agent; act as an agent on: to agent a manuscript; Who agented that deal?
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