1 an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
2 a substance that exerts some force or effect
3 a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
5 any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau [syn: federal agent]
6 the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the hapening denoted by the verb in the clause [syn: agentive role]
EtymologyFrom etyl la agentem.
- One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor.
- Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill. --Dryden.
- One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
- An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent.
- In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase “intelligent agent” it implies some kind of automatic process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
one who exerts power
one who acts in place of another
- Crimean Tatar: agent
- Danish: agent
- Dutch: vertegenwoordiger, agent
- French: agent
- German: Agent
- Hebrew: סוכן (sokhen) , סוכנת (sokhenet)
- Hungarian: ügynök, képviselő
- Italian: agente
- Japanese: 代理人 (dairinin)
- Korean: 대리인 (daeriin)
- Norwegian: agent
- Portuguese: agente
- Russian: агент
- Spanish: agente
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- trreq Turkish
active power or cause
- Italian: agente
- Portuguese: agente
part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server
- Portuguese: agente
An agent is either an entity who is capable of action or an agent is something or someone which acts on behalf of another person.
Agent can mean:
(law): a person authorised to act on behalf of another person
- Patent agent, or patent attorney, a professional who represents and advises another in the assessment, securing and maintaining of intellectual property rights, with particular reference to patent rights.
- Tuition agent, a person who represents a tuition agency in searching for suitable tutors for students.
- Literary agent, a person who represents a writer
- Theatrical agent
- Booking agent
- Sports agent, a professional who represents an athlete
- Talent agent, a person who finds jobs for actors, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses.
- Press agent, publicist who acts on behalf of a client on all matters involving public relations
- Foreign agent, someone registered with the U.S. Justice Department as mandated by the Foreign Agents Registration Act
- Travel agent, makes vacation and travel arrangements
- Real estate broker, or real estate agent
- Yacht broker, or yacht agent
- Yacht charter broker, or yacht charter agent
- Election agent, a person responsible for a candidate's campaign
- Free agent, a sports player who is out of contract
- Agent provocateur, a person assigned to provoke unrest, violence, debate, or argument by or within a group while acting as a member of the group but covertly representing the interests of another
- Rational agent deliberate being
In espionage and law enforcement
In chemistry and warfare:
In computer science
- Software agent, software that acts on behalf of a user
- Intelligent agent
In popular culture
- Polish version of The Mole.
agent in Arabic: عميل
agent in Bulgarian: Агент
agent in Danish: Agent
agent in German: Agent
agent in Spanish: Agente
agent in French: Agent
agent in Italian: Agente
agent in Lithuanian: Agentas
agent in Hungarian: Ügynök
agent in Dutch: Agent
agent in Japanese: エージェント
agent in Norwegian: Agent
agent in Polish: Agent
agent in Russian: Агент
agent in Simple English: Agent
agent in Serbian: Агент
agent in Finnish: Agentti
agent in Swedish: Agent
agent in Urdu: سازندہ
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