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Definition of AGENT

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Agent \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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Agent \A"gent\, n.
     1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. [1913 Webster]

              Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect, such as a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Biochem., Med.) a chemical substance having biological effects; a drug. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

275 Moby Thesaurus words for "agent":
     Charlie McCarthy, Federal, acid, acidity, acolyte, activator, actor, adjutant, administrator, advocate, agency, aid, aide, aide-de-camp, aider, alkali, alkalinity, alloisomer, amanuensis, amicus curiae, ancilla, anion, antacid, appliance, appointee, architect, assignee, assistant, atom, attendant, attorney, attorney-at-law, author, auxiliary, baggage agent, barrister, barrister-at-law, base, begetter, beginner, best man, biochemical, broker, business agent, buyer, candidate, catalyst, cation, cause, causer, channel, chemical, chemical element, chromoisomer, claim agent, clerk, coadjutant, coadjutor, coadjutress, coadjutrix, commercial agent, commission agent, commissionaire, commissioner, compound, conductor, connection, consignee, contrivance, copolymer, counsel, counselor, counselor-at-law, creator, creature, customer agent, delegate, deputy, device, dimer, directeur, director, distributor, doer, driver, dummy, dupe, effector, element, emissary, energizer, engenderer, engineer, envoy, executant, executive, executive officer, executor, executrix, fabricator, factor, father, fed, federal agent, force, freight agent, friend at court, front, front man, functionary, general agent, generator, go-between, governor, handler, handmaid, handmaiden, heavy chemicals, help, helper, helpmate, helpmeet, high polymer, homopolymer, hydracid, implement, impresario, ingredient, inorganic chemical, inspirer, instigator, instrument, instrumentality, instrumentation, insurance agent, intendant, interagent, interceder, intercessor, intermediary, intermediate, intermediate agent, intermediator, intermedium, internuncio, intervener, interventionist, interventor, ion, isomer, jobber, land agent, law agent, lawyer, legal adviser, legal counselor, legal expert, legal practitioner, legalist, legate, lever, liaison, licensee, lieutenant, link, literary agent, loan agent, macromolecule, maker, manager, manipulator, means, mechanism, mediary, mediator, medium, metamer, middleman, midwife, minion, minister, ministry, molecule, monomer, mother, mouthpiece, mover, negotiant, negotiator, negotiatress, negotiatrix, neutralizer, news agent, nominee, nonacid, official, ombudsman, operant, operative, operator, organ, organic chemical, originator, oxyacid, paranymph, paraprofessional, parent, parliamentary agent, passenger agent, pawn, performer, perpetrator, pilot, plaything, pleader, polymer, power, practitioner, press agent, prime mover, primum mobile, proctor, procurator, producer, proxy, pseudoisomer, puppet, purchasing agent, radical, reagent, real estate agent, rector, representative, responsible person, runner, sales agent, sea lawyer, second, secretary, selectee, self-styled lawyer, servant, sideman, sire, slave, solicitor, special agent, spokesman, spokesperson, spokeswoman, spook, spy, station agent, steersman, steward, stooge, subject, substitute, sulfacid, supercargo, supporting actor, supporting instrumentalist, surrogate, theatrical agent, ticket agent, tie, tool, toy, travel agent, trimer, undercover man, vehicle, walking delegate, wholesaler, worker


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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