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agent definition

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This page has 32 definitions of agent with English translations in 15 languages. Agent is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use agent in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agēns, present active participle of agere (to drive, lead, conduct, manage, perform, do).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɪ.dʒənt/, /ˈeɪ.dʒɛnt/
  • (file)

Noun

agent (plural agents)

  1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act
    • 1862, Brigham Young, “Call for Teams to Go to the Frontiers, etc.”, in Journal of Discourses, volume 9:
      Seeing we are so wonderfully endowed with priceless gifts by our Heavenly Father, will he not require usury at our hands? He will. But he has made us agents to ourselves, which makes us responsible for the way in which we use the talents he has given us, for the manner we expend the gold and silver, the wheat and fine flour, the cattle upon a thousand hills, and the wine and oil, for they all belong to Him
  2. One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by that person's authority; someone entrusted to do the business of another
  3. A person who looks for work for another person
    • 4 June 2016, Press Association, Ronald Koeman’s agent says Dutchman has agreed terms with Everton
      Ronald Koeman has agreed a deal with Everton to become their new manager, his agent has reportedly told Dutch media. The agent Rob Jansen said, according to the popular Voetbal International website, that it was now down to Southampton and Everton to agree a compensation package for the Dutchman, who has a year remaining on his contract at St Mary’s.
  4. Someone who works for an intelligence agency
  5. An active power or cause or substance; something (e.g. biological, chemical, thermal, etc.) that has the power to produce an effect
    • 1807, James Edward Smith, An introduction to physiological and systematical botany/Chapter 11
      So far seems to be the work of chemistry alone; at least we have no right to conclude that any other agent interferes; since hay, when it happens to imbibe moisture, exhibits nearly the same processes."
  6. (computing) 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 “intelligent agent” 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.
  7. (grammar) 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".
    • 2009, Tarsee Li, The Verbal System of the Aramaic of Daniel: An Explanation in the Context of Grammaticalization, p. 58:
      A verb is typically described as active when its subject is the agent or actor. By contrast, a verb is said to be passive when the subject does not perform the action, but is the patient, target, or undergoer of the action.
  8. (gambling) A cheat who is assisted by dishonest casino staff.
    • 1978, John Scarne, Scarne's guide to casino gambling (page 108)
      Nevada casinos are fleeced out of millions of dollars yearly by agents (cheats acting as players) in collusion with crooked Black Jack dealers and pit bosses.

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Catalan agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agēns, attested from the 14th century.[1]

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Noun

agent m or f (plural agents)

  1. agent

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References

  1. ^ “agent” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.

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Crimean Tatar agent definition

Etymology

Latin agentis (acting).

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agent

  1. agent

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  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Czech agent definition

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Noun

agent m

  1. agent (someone who works for an intelligence agency)

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  • agent in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • agent in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agēns.

Noun

agent c (singular definite agenten, plural indefinite agenter)

  1. agent (all senses)

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Dutch agent definition

Etymology

Borrowed from French agent, from Latin agēns (one who acts).

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Noun

agent m (plural agenten, diminutive agentje n, feminine agente)

  1. a police officer
    Toen confisceerde de agent de wiet en rookte het in één keer op.
    Then the police officer confiscated the weed and smoked it all in one go.
    Synonym: politieman
    1. a police officer of the low(est) rank, constable, junior officer
      Synonym: politieagent
  2. an undercover agent; intelligence officer, secret agent
  3. an agent (one who acts on behalf of another)
    1. a broker
      Synonym: makelaar
    2. a middleman, surrogate

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French agent definition

Etymology

From Middle French agent, from Latin agēns, agentis.

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agent m (plural agents, feminine agente)

  1. agent

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Italian agent definition

Noun

agent m (plural agent, feminine agente)

  1. agent

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Latin agent definition

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Verb

agent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of agō

Norwegian Bokmål agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agens, genitive agentis

Noun

agent m (definite singular agenten, indefinite plural agenter, definite plural agentene)

  1. an agent

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Norwegian Nynorsk agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agens, genitive agentis

Noun

agent m (definite singular agenten, indefinite plural agentar, definite plural agentane)

  1. an agent

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Polish agent definition

Etymology

From French agent, from Middle French agent, from Latin agēns.

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Noun

agent m pers (feminine agentka)

  1. (espionage) agent (someone who works for an intelligence agency)
    Synonyms: szpieg, wywiadowca
  2. (law) commission agent (agent entrusted with the possession of goods to be sold in the agent's name)
    Synonym: ajent
  3. (business) representative (company agent)
    Synonym: przedstawiciel
  4. (acting, literature) impresario, literary agent
  5. (espionage) officer, peeper, secret agent
    Synonyms: cichociemny, tajniak

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Related terms

  • (nouns) agentura, agenturka
  • (adjectives) agenturowy, agenturalny

Further reading

  • agent in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • agent in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian agent definition

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Etymology

From French agent.

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Noun

agent m (plural agenți, feminine equivalent agentă)

  1. agent

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Serbo-Croatian agent definition

Etymology

From Latin agēns, present active participle of agere (to drive, lead, conduct, manage, perform, do).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ǎɡent/
  • Hyphenation: a‧gent

Noun

àgent m (Cyrillic spelling а̀гент)

  1. agent

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References

  • agent” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Swedish agent definition

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Noun

agent c

  1. an agent

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Declension of agent 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative agent agenten agenter agenterna
Genitive agents agentens agenters agenternas

Related terms

  • agentfilm
  • agentkontor
  • agentprovision
  • agentroman
  • agentskap
  • agentur
  • agentverksamhet
  • handelsagent

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Tatar agent definition

Noun

agent

  1. Latin spelling of агент (ağent)