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a·gent

agent

 
 
pronunciation:
eI jnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who has been given the power to do certain actions for another person.
The author's agent called to discuss his fees for speaking at the school.
synonyms:
ambassador, deputy
similar words:
advocate, attorney, negotiator, substitute
definition 2: a force or means that brings about certain results; cause.
Whenever he was around, it seemed like bad things happened, so we called him the agent of doom.We're going to have to use a very strong cleaning agent to get out that dirt.
synonyms:
cause, force
similar words:
medium, power
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The word agent contains the following parts:
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.