agent

[ey-juhnt]

noun

adjective

acting; exerting power (opposed to patient).

verb (used with object)

to represent (a person or thing) as an agent; act as an agent for: to agent a manuscript; Who agented that deal?

Origin of agent

1570–80; < Latin agent- (stem of agēns (present participle) doing), equivalent to ag- (root of agere to do) + -ent- -ent
Related formscoun·ter·a·gent, nounin·ter·a·gent, nounsu·per·a·gent, nounun·der·a·gent, noun

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agent

noun

a person who acts on behalf of another person, group, business, government, etc; representative
a person or thing that acts or has the power to act
a phenomenon, substance, or organism that exerts some force or effecta chemical agent
the means by which something occurs or is achieved; instrumentwind is an agent of plant pollination
a person representing a business concern, esp a travelling salesman
British short for estate agent
short for secret agent
Derived Formsagential (eɪˈdʒɛnʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for agent

C15: from Latin agent-, noun use of the present participle of agere to do
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Word Origin and History for agent
n.

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.

adj.

1610s, from agent (n.).

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agent in Medicine

agent

jənt]

n.

A force or substance, such as a chemical, that causes a change.
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agent in Science

agent

jənt]

A substance that can bring about a chemical reaction or a biological effect. Compare reagent.
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