Definitions for: Agent


[n] the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the hapening denoted by the verb in the clause
[n] an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
[n] a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
[n] a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
[n] any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
[n] a substance that exerts some force or effect



Webster (1913) Definition: A"gent, a. [L. agens, agentis, p. pr. of agere to act;
akin to Gr. ? to lead, Icel. aka to drive, Skr. aj. [root]2.]
Acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.
[Archaic] ``The body agent.'' --Bacon.


A"gent, n.
1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.

Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill.
--Dryden.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Synonyms: agentive role, broker, factor, federal agent

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