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agent

a·gent

agent

 
pronunciation:
eI jnt
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person with authority to perform certain actions on behalf of another.
The king sent his agent to the colonies to communicate his wishes.If you want to have a career in acting, you will have to get an agent to represent you.My agent negotiated a good deal for me with that company.
synonyms:
ambassador, deputy, emissary, envoy, factor, proxy, representative
similar words:
advocate, attorney, chargé d'affaires, manager, negotiator, steward, substitute, syndic
definition 2: a force or means by which something occurs or specific ends are reached; instrumentality; cause.
A hurricane can be a powerful agent of destruction.We're going to have to use a very strong cleaning agent to get out that stain.
synonyms:
cause, force, instrumentality, means
similar words:
agency, instrument, medium, power
definition 3: a manager or employee at an agency.
We spoke to the travel agent about the tour.
synonyms:
employee, manager, operator
similar words:
steward, worker
definition 4: a law-enforcement or intelligence officer.
He worked as an agent for the FBI for many years.
synonyms:
detective, operative, policeman
similar words:
guard, investigator, spook, spy
definition 5: a representative, esp. a salesman.
We bought our encyclopedias through one of the company's agents who came to our home.
synonyms:
representative, salesman, salesperson
similar words:
traveling salesman
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