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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.
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.
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.