verb (used with object)
Origin of agent
Synonyms for agent
Related Words for agentcommissioner, minister, deputy, assistant, worker, broker, promoter, representative, lawyer, operator, operative, officer, handler, force, ambassador, attorney, go-between, negotiator, substitute, principal
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Contemporary Examples of agent
My agent at the time sent that tape to SNL and then they asked me to come in for an audition.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
To my own surprise, last year I started a book club, which includes writers, editors and an agent.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
In a neat line, his agent, beginning a bidding war, promised: “Michiko Kakutani will flip for this.”
When his agent asked if he missed his wife, his mind flashed to an image of Alison.
Historical Examples of agent
The proper business of an ‘agent provocateur’ is to provoke.The Secret Agent
He and his agent, the Hon. Amos Kendall, determined to rely on private enterprise.Heroes of the Telegraph
Otherwise the agent will soon put an end to the Association.
How they had employed John Chivery as their sole clerk and agent, seeing to whom he was devoted.Little Dorrit
The agent of their master applied to a law firm in Cleveland for assistance.Cleveland Past and Present
Word Origin for agent
late 15c., "one who acts," from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful," present participle of agere "to set in motion, drive, lead, conduct" (see act (n.)). Meaning "any natural force or substance which produces a phenomenon" is from 1550s. Meaning "deputy, representative" is from 1590s. Sense of "spy, secret agent" is attested by 1916.
1610s, from agent (n.).