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special agent


someone whose authority is limited to the special undertaking they have been instructed to perform


person noun (people)


special agents

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references


Special agent

usually the title for a detective or investigator for a state, county, municipal, federal or tribal government. An agent is generally an administrative worker for some but not all agencies. Within the U.S. government, the title of 'special agent' is... (40 of 2799 words)

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Special agent (disambiguation)

a title for a detective or investigator. Special Agent may also refer to: Special Agent (1935 film), an American drama film directed by William Keighley | Special Agent (1949 film), an American film directed by William C. Thomas | Special Agent... (39 of 101 words, 4 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

special agent

a detective who works for the federal government in the US, for example for the FBI (16 of 307 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

special agent [countable] | special agents [plural]

someone who works for the fbi (6 of 35 words)


Random House Dictionary:

special agent

an investigator in a law enforcement agency. | an insurance sales representative. (11 of 15 words, 2 definitions)



special agent | special agents [plural]

A detective of the United States government. (7 of 8 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/special agent

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)



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)


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)


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)


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)


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]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

special agent [countable] | special agents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "special agent"


Macmillan American Dictionary:

special agent [countable] | special agents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "special agent"


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