verb (used with object)
- agent noun,
- agent of production,
- agent orange,
- agent provocateur,
Origin of agent
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I could complain about how, two out of eight episodes in, Agent Carter is in no hurry to introduce its real villain.
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|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Besides, I hardly think that either he or his agent would have troubled to carry away an empty basin as a momento of the deed.The Tree of Knowledge|Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
In his inmost soul it was his inmost aspiration to be an agent for enthroning here on earth the equity of God.Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;|Clark S. Beardslee
The man who threatens with the shoulder is more passionate; but he is not the agent, he is passive.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
He was the agent of a vast and centralized authority, an authority against which there could be no opposition.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
They are turned over with the merchandise to the agent of the railroad at the point of destination.Up To Date Business|Various
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.).