agent

[ ey-juhnt ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒənt /

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?

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Origin of agent

1570–80; < Latin agent- (stem of agēns (present participle) doing), equivalent to ag- (root of agere to do) + -ent- -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM agent

coun·ter·a·gent, nounin·ter·a·gent, nounsu·per·a·gent, nounun·der·a·gent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for agent

agent
/ (ˈeɪdʒənt) /

noun

Derived forms of agent

agential (eɪˈdʒɛnʃəl), adjective

Word Origin for agent

C15: from Latin agent-, noun use of the present participle of agere to do
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Medical definitions for agent

agent
[ ājənt ]

n.

A force or substance, such as a chemical, that causes a change.
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Scientific definitions for agent

agent
[ ājənt ]

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