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secret agent


a person secretly employed in espionage for a government


person noun (people)


secret agents

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Princeton WordNet

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Espionage | spying | intelligence

involves a government or individual obtaining information considered secret or confidential without the permission of the holder of the information. Espionage is inherently clandestine, as it's taken for granted that it's unwelcome and, in many cases ... (36 of 5942 words, 3 images)


Secret agent (disambiguation)

a spy, a covert agent engaged in espionage. Secret agent may also refer to: The Secret Agent (1907), a 1907 novel by Joseph Conrad | Secret Agent (1936 film), directed by Alfred Hitchcock | Secret Agent (animated short) (1943), the last of Paramount's ... (41 of 272 words, 18 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

secret agent

a person employed in espionage (5 of 403 words, 9 usage examples)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

secret agent [countable] | secret agents [plural]

someone whose job involves working for a government and finding out the secrets of other governments (16 of 45 words)


Random House Dictionary:

secret agent

an agent of a secret service. | [loosely] a person employed to collect the military secrets of one country and relay them to another, especially a ... (25 of 45 words, 2 definitions)


Oxford Dictionary:

secret agent

a spy acting for a country (6 of 33 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:

secret agent

a government employee whose job involves getting secret information about the governments of unfriendly foreign countries; a spy (18 of 23 words)


New World Dictionary:

secret agent

a person who carries on espionage or similar work of a secret nature, as for a government (17 of 19 words)



secret agent | secret agents [plural]

A member of an intelligence agency whose identity or affiliation is kept confidential. (13 of 14 words)

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operative [entry 1, adjective] | operating [synonym, sense-specific] | efficacious [synonym, sense-specific] | working [synonym, sense-specific] | alive [synonym, sense-specific] | functional [synonym, sense-specific] | functioning [synonym, sense-specific] | going [synonym, sense-specific] | live [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

producing an appropriate effect; "efficacious" ; most significant or essential | exerting force or influence; "operating" | having to do with physical ... (20 of 204 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


operative [entry 2, noun] | artisan [synonym] | mechanic [synonym] | agent [synonym] | asset [synonym] | emissary [synonym] | intelligencer [synonym] | mole [synonym] | spy [synonym] | ...

"operator": as ; "artisan", "mechanic" ; a secret agent ; "private detective" ; a person who works toward achieving the objectives of a larger ... (24 of 108 words, 3 usage examples)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

operative | operatively [adverb, related]

Being in effect; having force; operating | Functioning effectively; efficient. | Engaged in or concerned with physical or mechanical activity. | Of, ... (19 of 84 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


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)


Encarta Dictionary:

secret agent | secret agents [plural]

somebody engaged in espionage for a government or organization (9 of 19 words)

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Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

secret agent [countable] | secret agents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "secret agent"


Macmillan American Dictionary:

secret agent [countable] | secret agents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "secret agent"


Cambridge Dictionary:

secret agent

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "secret agent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "secret agent"


Google Dictionary:

secret agent | secret agents [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "secret agent"

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