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. Anything which produces an effect upon the organism; especially a remedy of any sort, whether medicinal or not.
  14. A substance or compound that changes existing conditions.
  15. A person or thing that acts or exerts power: one intrusted with the business of another.
  16. A person or thing that acts; one who acts for another.
  17. One who acts; actor; doer.
  18. One who or that which acts for another; a deputy.
  19. Acting.
  20. 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.
  21. The person or thing that exerts power; one intrusted with the business of another.

Usage examples for agent

  1. He cannot find a better agent than myself. – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett
  2. The next account which Lady Annaly received some months afterwards, in reply to inquiries she had made from her agent, was, that it was impossible to know any thing for certain of Mr. Harry Ormond, as he always kept in the Black Islands. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  3. When she reached the station the ticket agent told her there was no train until six. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  4. As I have told you before, I am the mere agent. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. " Oh- but that's very different," said the agent, growing brichter at once. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  6. 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
  7. Why will she tell the Indian agent? – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  8. 12, 537. Do you know whether, in point of fact, the men do get their supplies from the agent still? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. Zane was now satisfied that Miller was an agent of Girty and therefore of the British. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  10. 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
  11. You are young for a business agent." – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  12. Why was " M'riar" to act as this man's agent? – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  13. " You're no better'n that road agent Ramerrez, an'-" " But, Miss-" interrupted the man. – The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
  14. " Thank you, sir," said the agent. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. There is an agent of the police always at the end of the street now. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  16. Are you acting now as Mr. Fenway's agent, or as my friend? – Lola by Owen Davis
  17. " You are about to lose your Tip, standing around here trying to shoot it back at the Handsome Guest," remarked the Advance Agent. – More Fables by George Ade
  18. Arrived in Paris, he took up his quarters with Metivier, and gave his instructions to his agent. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  19. " Yes, sir," answered the agent. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  20. 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