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agent meaning

[ 'eidʒənt ]   Pronunciation:
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  • Noun: agent  eyjunt
    1. An active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect
      "their research uncovered new disease agents" 
    2. A representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations 
    3. A substance that exerts some force or effect 
    4. A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
      - factor, broker 
    5. Any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
      - federal agent 
    6. The semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
      - agentive role

    Derived forms: agents

    See also: agency, agential

    Type of: bourgeois, businessperson, causal agency, causal agent, cause, functionary, official, participant role, representative, semantic role, substance

    Part of: brokerage, brokerage firm, securities firm

    Encyclopedia: Agent


  • [Architecture]

    One who is empowered to enter into binding transactions on behalf of another (usually called the principal).


  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    BARGAINING AGENT, BOOKING AGENT, BUSINESS AGENT, BUYING AGENT, CHANGE AGENT, CLEARING AGENT, COMMERCIAL AGENT, COMMISSION AGENT, CUSTOMS AGENT, DEL CREDERE AGENT, ECONOMIC AGENT, ESTATE AGENT, EXPORT AGENT, FORWARDING AGENT, FREE AGENT, INSURANCE AGENT, MANAGING AGENT, PATENT AGENT, PAYING AGENT, PRESS AGENT, REAL ESTATE AGENT, SHIPPING AND FORWARDING AGENT, SHIPPING AGENT, SHOPPING AGENT, SOLE AGENT, SUBAGENT, TIED AGENT, TRAVEL AGENT

    1

    a person or a company that is paid by another person or company to do business for them, especially in discussing a contract, buying or selling, or finding work in entertainment or publishing:

    The director was acting as agent for the shareholders in trying to sell their shares.

    You can hire an agent to negotiate on your behalf.

    Top athletes wouldn't think of negotiating a contract without a high-powered agent.

    PRINCIPAL

    2

    a person who sells a service or product for one or more companies:

    an independent insurance agent

    The company has 31 overseas agents and distributors.

    There have been complaints over the methods of some of their sales agents.

    WHICH WORD?

    agent/broker/sales representative/dealer

    All these people have jobs that involve buying or selling things.

    An agent is given authority to carry out a particular piece of business on somebody's behalf. For example, an estate agent (AmE real estate agent) is given authority to sell a house for somebody.

    A broker is usually a person who buys and sells investments or financial products on behalf of others:

    Ask your broker to explain the difference between the mortgages.

    Both agents and brokers work independently or as part of their own companies (called agencies and brokerages) and receive a fee for their services.

    Dealers usually buy and sell a particular type of product:

    an art/a car/diamond dealer.

    A sales representative (often shortened to representative, or more informally, a sales rep or rep) works as an employee of a company, selling their goods or services to people in a particular area:

    We have representatives in over 50 countries.


  • [Defence]
    In intelligence usage, one who is authorized or instructed to obtain or to assist in obtaining information for intelligence or counterintelligence purposes.

  • [Economics]
    See agency

  • [Electronics]
    An active force, condition, mechanism, or substance that produces or sustains an effect. Thus, a sudden voltage rise is a triggering agent in certain bistable circuits; arsenic is a doping agent in semiconductor processing; the slow cooling of a heated metal to improve ductility is an ANNEALING AGENT.

  • [Finance]
    The decision-maker in a principal-agent relationship.

  • [Law]
    n. 1. A person appointed by another (the principal) to act on his behalf, often to negotiate a contract between the principal and a third party. If an agent discloses his principal's name (or at least the existence of a principal) to the third party with whom he is dealing, the agent himself is not normally entitled to the benefit of, or be liable on, the contract. An undisclosedprincipal is one whose existence is not revealed by the agent to a third party; he may still be entitled to the benefit of, and be liable on, the contract, but in such cases the agent is also entitled and liable. However, an undisclosed principal may not be entitled to the benefit of a contract if the agency is inconsistent with the terms of the contract or if the third party shows that he wished to contract with the agent personally. A general agent is one who has authority to act for his principal in all his business of a particular kind, or who acts for the principal in the course of his (the agent provocateur 20 21 agricultural land tribunal agent's) usual business or profession. A special agent is authorized to act only for a special purpose that is not in the ordinary course of the agent's business or profession. The principal of a general agent is bound by acts of the agent that are incidental to the ordinary conduct of the agent's business or the effective performance of his duties, even if the principal has imposed limitations on the agent's authority. But in the case of a special agent, the principal is not bound by acts that are not within the authority conferred. In either case, the principal may ratify an unauthorized contract. An agent for the sale of goods sometimes agrees to protect his principal against the risk of the buyer's insolvency. He does this by undertaking liability for the unjustifiable failure of the third-party buyer to pay the price of the goods. Such an agent is called a del credere agent. See also COMMERCIAL AGENT; MERCANTILE AGENT.
    2. (in criminal law) See BUGGERY.

  • [Medicine]
    n
    1 : something that produces or is capable of producing an effect
    2 : a chemically, physically, or biologically active principle —see OXIDIZING AGENT, REDUCING AGENT

  • [Computer]
    <networking> 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.
Examples
  • More expensive nitrating agents may be used.
  • Corcoran takes the book to his agent.
  • The agents of goldstein had been at work!
  • This is the only and sovereign agent.
  • I am a mere instrument, not an agent.
  • The new code baffled the enemy agents.
  • These agents were called "cathode rays".
  • He was nothing more than gambler's agent.
  • Julian is the sales agent and the rental agent.
  • Julian is the sales agent and the rental agent.
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