Definitions of agent

  1. a substance that exerts some force or effect
  2. the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the hapening denoted by the verb in the clause
  3. an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; " their research uncovered new disease agents"
  4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  5. a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
  6. any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
  7. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A person authorized to act for and under the direction of another person when dealing with third parties. The person who appoints an agent is called the principal. An agent can enter into binding agreements on the principal's behalf and may even create liability for the principal if the agent causes harm while carrying out his or her duties. See also attorney- in- fact.
  11. Acting; - opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.
  12. One who acts, especially for another; an active power or cause.
  13. A person or thing that acts or exerts power: one intrusted with the business of another.
  14. A person or thing that acts; one who acts for another.
  15. One who acts; actor; doer.
  16. One who or that which acts for another; a deputy.
  17. Acting.
  18. An actor; a person or thing that acts, or produces an effect; the means whereby anything is effected; a factor; one who acts for another.
  19. The person or thing that exerts power; one intrusted with the business of another.

Usage examples for agent

  1. Arrived in Paris, he took up his quarters with Metivier, and gave his instructions to his agent. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  2. There is an agent of the police always at the end of the street now. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  3. As I have told you before, I am the mere agent. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  4. He took a fancy to that land- agent, and he used to go and set in his office and ask him what he should do. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  5. " Yes, sir," answered the agent. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  6. Why was " M'riar" to act as this man's agent? – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  7. " Thank you, sir," said the agent. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  8. However, as I can't come here as often as I'd like, it might be better to see your agent. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  9. Cardinall Campeius, Is stolne away to Rome, hath 'tane no leaue, Ha's left the cause o'th' King vnhandled, and Is posted as the Agent of our Cardinall, To second all his plot. – Henry-VIII by Shakespeare, William
  10. When she reached the station the ticket agent told her there was no train until six. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  11. " Oh- but that's very different," said the agent, growing brichter at once. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  12. Are you acting now as Mr. Fenway's agent, or as my friend? – Lola by Owen Davis
  13. Why will she tell the Indian agent? – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman