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Definition of the noun agent

What does agent mean as a name of something?

Agent is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: agents

  1. an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect
    • example: their research uncovered new disease agents
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: causal agency / causal agent / cause = any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
    • more specific terms:
  2. a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: representative = a person who represents others
    • more specific terms:
      • business agent = an agent who handles business affairs for another
      • literary agent = an agent who represents an author in dealings with publishers
      • bailee = the agent to whom property involved in a bailment is delivered
      • booking agent / booker = someone who engages a person or company for performances
      • surrogate / deputy = a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
      • employment agent = someone who runs an employment agency
      • freight agent = an employee of a freight carrier who directs the receipt and delivery of goods
      • government agent = a representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government
      • handler = an agent who handles something or someone
      • mill agent = the responsible official at a mill that is under absentee ownership
      • next friend = a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled person
      • parliamentary agent = a person who is employed to look after the affairs of businesses that are affected by legislation of the British Parliament
      • placeholder / procurator / proxy = a person authorized to act for another
      • purchasing agent = an agent who purchases goods or services for another
      • intelligence officer / intelligence agent / secret agent / operative = a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
      • shipping agent = the agent of a shipowner
      • shopper = a commercial agent who shops at the competitor's store in order to compare their prices and merchandise with those of the store that employs her
      • special agent = someone whose authority is limited to the special undertaking they have been instructed to perform
      • talent agent = an agent who represents performers
      • universal agent / general agent = someone authorized to transact every kind of business for the principal
  3. a substance that exerts some force or effect
  4. a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  5. any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
  6. the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Specialised definition of the noun agent

Glossary of finance / insurance

a manager or expert who engages in financial or business activities and is authorized to act on behalf of third parties

Glossary of sports

somebody who officially represents somebody else in business, usually under contract (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Agent" is a video game.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Rockstar North
  • publisher: Rockstar Games


  1. Agent: Agents are a group of characters in The Matrix franchise. They are sentient computer programs, displaying a high-level of artificial intelligence, and are representatives, or "Agents", within the Matrix fictional universe. They are guardians within the computer-generated world of the Matrix, protecting it from anyone or anything that could reveal it as a false reality or threaten it in any other way. Agents also hunt down and terminate any rogue programs, such as The Keymaker, which no longer serve a purpose to the overall Machine collective. They appear physically human, but have a tendency to speak and act in highly precise and mechanical ways.
  2. Agent is a fictional character from the 2005 film XXX: State of the Union / XXX: The Next Level.
  3. Agent is a fictional character from the 2012 film Death of a Man in the Balkans.
  4. Agent is a fictional character from the 2010 film I Saw the Devil.
  5. Agent is a fictional charcter from the 2011 film Always Kabhi Kabhi.
  6. Agent is a fictional character from the 2003 film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi.
  7. Agent is a fictional character from the 2008 film Neninthe.
  8. Agent is a fictional character from the 2009 film Loudspeaker.
  9. Agent is a fictional character from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
  10. Agent is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Girl.
  11. Agent is a fictional character from the 2007 film Smiley Face.
  12. Agent is a fictional character from the 2012 drama film The Girl.
  13. Agent is a fictional character from The Undercover Man.
  14. Agent is a fictional character from 2008 film Cape No. 7.
  15. Agent is a fictional character from the 2011 movie Killer Elite.
  16. Agent is a fictional character from the 1945 film Sensation Hunters.
  17. Agent is a fictional character from the 2003 film A Detective Story.
  18. Agent is a fictional character from the 2008 film Un aliado en el tiempo.
  19. Agent is a fictional character from the 1927 film Bet zit in de penarie.
  20. Agent is a fictional character from Lucker.
  21. Agent is a fictional character from the 1999 film Ragdoll.
  22. Agent is a fictional character from the 2012 film Total Recall.
  23. The Agent is a fictional character featured in some Marvel Comics publications.
  24. Agent is a fictional character from the 2004 film The Murder of Donovan Slain.
  25. Agent is a fictional character from the 2011 film Sleeping Beauty.
  26. Agent is a fictional character from the 1972 film Frankenstein '80.

There are other characters with in their name, like Agent J, Agent K, Agent L, Agent T, Agent X, Agent Z, Agent-X, Agent #1, Agent 00, Agent 47, Agent 99, Agent Aa, Agent Oh, agent p., Agent Kay, Agent Zed, DSS Agent, FBI Agent, MIB Agent.


"Agent" is a composition.


Agent is a musical group.

  • album: "Awake in Their World"


AGENT is an Aviation waypoint.


  1. Agent: In linguistics, a grammatical agent is a thematic relation that refers to the cause or initiator of an event. The agent is a semantic concept distinct from the subject of a sentence. While the subject is determined syntactically, primarily through word order, the agent is determined through its relationship to the action expressed by the verb. The word comes from the present participle agens, agentis of the Latin verb agere, to "do" or "make".
  2. Agent: In economics, an agent is an actor and decision maker in a model. Typically, every agent makes decisions by solving a well- or ill-defined optimization/choice problem.
  3. Agent: 민법상 대리인은 스스로 의사를 결정하여 표시하는 자이므로 단순히 본인의 의사를 전달, 완성시키는 사자와는 다르다. 또한 대리인의 행위는 그 효과가 본인에게 귀속하므로 법인의 행위 그 자체로 되는 법인의 대표와도 다르다.
  4. Agent: The collection of underspecified individuals-- tangible or otherwise -- which are typically conceptualized by human beings for purposes of common-sense reasoning as contributing agents.

Phrases with Agent

Phrases starting with the word Agent:

  1. agent bank
  2. Agent noun
  3. agent orange

Phrases ending with the word Agent:

  1. fbi agent
  2. law agent
  3. book agent
  4. free agent
  5. land agent
  6. mill agent
  7. road agent
  8. toll agent
  9. User agent
  10. claim agent
  11. house agent
  12. nerve agent
  13. press agent
  14. active agent
  15. bridge agent
  16. causal agent
  17. county agent

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Agent

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Google previewAI 2005: Advances in Artificial Intelligence (2005)

18th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Sydney, Australia, December 5-9, 2005, Proceedings by Shichao Zhang, Ray Jarvis

The agent is the TM of an AT for period t, and it is currently performing a task. (0, 2, 0) The agent is the TL of an AT, and it is performing no task currently. ( We assume that the TL cannot quit from its AT and let t value of a TL equal to 0.) ...

Google previewSmart Networks (2002)

by Xiaopeng Li, Olli Martikainen, Mohammed Ismail, Kimmo Raatikainen

The first agent is a creator agent (C) that is the superintendent of the role N_44 ( neighbourhood of the satellite 44).

Google previewHome Buyers Handbook to New York City (2014)

The New York Guide to Buying the Home You Want by Gea Elika

A real estate agent is a person qualified to advise about real estate. If you need legal, tax or other advice, consult with a professional in that field. Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships Seller's Agent A seller's agent is an ...

Google previewAn Adaptive Reputation-based Trust Model for Intelligent Agents in E-marketplace (2007)

An agent is an entity that can be viewed as perceiving its environment through sensors and acting upon its environment through effectors...

Google previewNew York Real Estate for Salepersons, 5th ed. (2012)

by Marcia Darvin Spada

A designated agent is a salesperson or an associate broker, supervised by a broker, who is assigned to represent a client when a different client is also represented by such real estate broker in the same transaction. A broker who acts as a ...

Google previewModeling and Simulation Support for System of Systems Engineering Applications (2015)

by Larry B. Rainey, Andreas Tolk

Knowledge Boundary and the Strong Emergent Behavior at Multiple Levels of CCS Levels/complex Knowledge boundary effects Resultant strong emergent adaptive behavior behavior Individual/agent Agent is a modular ...

Google previewIndiana Real Estate Basics (2002)

The listing agent is a special agent; that is, one who is hired for a Short term and is receiving limited authority. Agency disclosures spell out the agency relationship. Even if all of the terms of the listing agreement are met, the seller's agent does ...

Google previewDialog Theory for Critical Argumentation (2007)

by Douglas N. Walton

An agent is an entity that has goals, and that takes actions to try to fulfill these goals (Wooldridge and Jennings, 1995).

Google previewArgumentation Methods for Artificial Intelligence in Law (2005)

by Douglas Walton

Generally, a rational agent is an entity that has goals, that takes actions to try to fulfill these goals, and that has the...

Google previewSuccinates—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)


“A two-step process may be employed if the hydrocarbylsubstituted acylating agent is a polyester. The first step comprises forming a polyester by copolymerising a hydroxy-substituted C.sub.10-30 carboxylic acid as described above.

Google previewAfter Prostate Cancer (2011)

A What-Comes-Next Guide to a Safe and Informed Recovery by Arnold Melman M.D., Rosemary Newnham

A bulking agent is a pastelike substance that is injected just under the urethra, between the bladder neck and the urinary sphincter, to obstruct the flow of urine with sitting, standing, coughing, or any motion that makes you leak urine. The bulk ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Homeland Security and Defense (2006)

by Margaret R. O'Leary

agent 1. An infectious microorganism such as a virus, bacterium, parasite, or other microbe, or a physical ...

Google previewThe Insurance Almanac and Encyclopedia (1918)

RESIDENT AGENT LAWS Countersignature ALABAMA.—For Casualty Only— May be issued outside the State, but must be countersigned by resident agent. ARKANSAS.—Surety and Casualty—Executed either at home office or by resident ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2013)

by Mosby

agent, adrenergic blocking, n a drug that blocks the action of the neurohormones norepinephrine and/or epinephrine or of adrenergic drugs at sympathetic neuroeffectors. agent, adrenolytic blocking (ədrē′nə lit′ik), n an uncertain term ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Commerce Development, Implementation, and Management (2016)

by Lee, In

Validate Mobile Store Certificates using TTP API's and communicate status via secure HTTPS connection through the Security Agent. The algorithm towards mobile phone purchase has been developed based on the architecture shown in ...

Google previewFoods and Food Production Encyclopedia (2012)

by Douglas M. Considine

PRINCIPAL CLASSES OF FOOD ADDITIVE CHEMICALS Function of Additive Title of Entry in this Volume Function of Additive Title of Entry in this Volume Acidifier Acidifiers, Alkalizers, Buffers, Leavening agent Bread and Bakery Products and ...

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American Sign Language AGENT

Quotes about Agent

Knowledge always desires increase; it is like fire, which must first be kindled by some external agent, but which will afterward propagate it. (Samuel Johnson)
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Scrabble value of A1G2E1N1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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