Agent - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeɪdʒənt|  American pronunciation of the word agent
Brit.  |ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word agent


- an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect
- a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
- a substance that exerts some force or effect
- a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission (syn: broker, factor)
- any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
- the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause


They worked with a travel agent to plan their vacation.

...the whitening agent in the detergent is chlorine bleach...

Our agent in Rio deals with all our Brazilian business.

We're acting as agents for Mr Watson.

My agent has a new script for me to look at.

Soap is a cleansing agent.

Technological advances are the chief agents of change.

their research uncovered new disease agents

She booked through her travel agent.

She hired an agent to represent her in the contract negotiations.

The team failed to retain him, and he became a free agent.

She hired a literary agent.'ll need to use your writing tablet to record all the information that the real estate agent is likely to reel off...

A virus was found to be the causative agent of smallpox.

...the movie star's cortege included her hair stylist, makeup artist, personal assistant, and press agent...

Word forms

singular: agent
plural: agents
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