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English noun: agent

1. agent (object) an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect


SamplesTheir research uncovered new disease agents.


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause


Narrower (hyponym)biohazard, biological agent, eliminator, enlivener, impairer, infectious agent, infective agent, invigorator, lethal agent, motor, mutagen, pressor, quickener, relaxer, represser, repressor, retardant, retardation, retardent, satisfier, shortener, stressor, teratogen, transmitter, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor, vector, weakener

2. agent (person) a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations


Broader (hypernym)representative


Narrower (hyponym)bailee, booker, booking agent, business agent, deputy, employment agent, freight agent, general agent, government agent, handler, intelligence agent, intelligence officer, literary agent, mill agent, next friend, operative, parliamentary agent, placeholder, procurator, proxy, purchasing agent, secret agent, shipping agent, shopper, special agent, surrogate, talent agent, universal agent

3. agent (substance) a substance that exerts some force or effect


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause, substance


Narrower (hyponym)alkaliser, alkalizer, antacid, antiacid, antiflatulent, antifungal, antifungal agent, antimicrobial, antimicrobic, antimycotic, antimycotic agent, bacteriostat, blanching agent, bleach, bleaching agent, chemical agent, coagulant, coagulator, coolant, diluent, dilutant, disinfectant, drug, emmenagogue, fungicide, galactagogue, gastric antacid, germicide, hypnagogue, hypoglycaemic agent, hypoglycemic agent, inducer, lactifuge, lactogen, mitogen, nerve agent, nerve gas, precipitant, solvating agent, thinner, vermicide, viricide, virucide, whitener

4. agent (person) a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission


Synonymsbroker, factor


Broader (hypernym)bourgeois, businessperson


Narrower (hyponym)auctioneer, estate agent, general agent, house agent, insurance agent, insurance broker, investment banker, land agent, real estate agent, real estate broker, ship broker, stockbroker, syndic, travel agent, underwriter, underwriter


Member meronymbrokerage, brokerage firm, securities firm

5. agent (person) any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau


Synonymsfederal agent


Broader (hypernym)functionary, official


Narrower (hyponym)Fed, Federal, federal official, Indian agent, trustbuster

6. agent (communication) the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause


Synonymsagentive role


Broader (hypernym)participant role, semantic role









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