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agent (grammar)

Definition:

the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

agents

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

agentive role | agt. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"one who acts", from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of agent...

Definition references

Britannica Encyclopedia:

agent [computer science] | softbot ("software robot") [synonym]

a computer program that performs various actions continuously and autonomously on behalf of an individual or an organization. For example, an agent ... (22 of 333 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/705121​/agent

Wikipedia:

Agent [disambiguation]

one who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one entrusted with the business of another. An entity which is capable of Action (philosophy) | Agency (philosophy) | A social 'agent'; See structure and agency | Special agent,... (40 of 1095 words, 58 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Agent

Collins Dictionary:

agent | estate agent [sense-specific] | secret agent [sense-specific] | representative [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific]

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 ... (26 of 574 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agent

Merriam-Webster:

agent | agt [abbreviation] | agency [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific] | instrumentality [synonym, sense-specific] | machinery [synonym, sense-specific] | means [synonym, sense-specific] | medium [synonym, sense-specific] | ministry [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

one that acts or exerts power | something that produces or is capable of producing an effect; an active or efficient cause ; a chemically, physically, ... (25 of 244 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agent

Random House Dictionary:

agent | Agt. [abbreviation] | Indian agent [sense-specific]

a person or business authorized to act on another's behalf. | a person or thing that acts or has the power to act. | a natural force or object ... (27 of 242 words, 16 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/agent

Oxford Dictionary:

agent | agentive [derived]

a person who acts on behalf of another, in particular | a person who manages business, financial, or contractual matters for an actor, performer, ... (23 of 184 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agent

Wiktionary:

agent | agents [plural] | deputy [synonym, sense-specific] | patient [antonym, sense-specific]

One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. | One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor. | An active power or cause;... (46 of 159 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agent [countable] | agents [plural]

a person or company that does business for another person or company, for ... | someone who works for a country's secret service and collects secret ... (25 of 147 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agent

American Heritage Dictionary:

agent | agented [past tense] | agenting [present participle] | agents [3rd-person singular present]

One that acts or has the power or authority to act. | One empowered to act for or represent another | A means by which something is done or caused; ... (28 of 138 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agent

New World Dictionary:

agent | agt [abbreviation]

a person or thing that performs an action or brings about a certain result, or that is able to do so | an active force or substance producing an ... (28 of 94 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agent

Cambridge Dictionary:

agent [entry 1]

a person who acts for or represents another | a person who represents an actor, artist or writer (17 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 1

agent [entry 2]

someone who works secretly for the government or other organization (10 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 2

agent [entry 3]

a person or thing that produces a particular effect or change (11 of 35 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 3

Encarta Dictionary:

agent | agents [plural]

somebody who officially represents somebody else in business | somebody who provides a particular service for another | an investigator or ... (19 of 185 words, 7 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584139​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

agent

First use: late 15th century

Origin: "one who acts", from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful", present participle of agere "to set in motion, ... (21 of 58 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=agent

Merriam-Webster:

agent

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin agent-, agens, from Latin, present participle of agere to drive, lead, act, do; akin to Old ... (23 of 35 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agent

Oxford Dictionary:

agent

Origin: late Middle English (in the sense 'someone or something that produces an effect'): from Latin agent- "doing", from agere

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agent

American Heritage Dictionary:

agent | agented [past tense] | agenting [present participle] | agents [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Latin agēns, agent-, present participle of agere, to do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agent

Collins Dictionary:

agent

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin agent-, noun use of the present participle of agere to do

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agent

Wiktionary:

agent | agents [plural]

Origin: Latin agens, present participle of agere ("to drive", lead, conduct, manage, perform, do")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agent

New World Dictionary:

agent

Origin: Latin agens (generally agentis), present participle of agere, "act"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agent

Encarta Dictionary:

agent | agents [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin agent-, present participle of agere "drive, lead, act, do"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584139​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

agent | agents [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agent"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agent

Collins Dictionary:

agent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "agent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "agent"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agent [countable] | agents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "agent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agent

Macmillan American Dictionary:

agent [countable] | agents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/agent

Cambridge Dictionary:

agent [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "agent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "agent"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 3

the Free Dictionary:

agent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "agent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "agent"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "agent" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/agent

Google Dictionary:

agent | agents [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "agent"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

agent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agent"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=agent​001 word=agent

YourDictionary Audio:

agent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agent" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

agent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agent" by speech synthesizer

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