agent Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"agent" in British English

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agentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈeɪ.dʒənt/

agent noun [C] (REPRESENTATIVE)

B2 a ​person who ​acts for or ​represents another: Please ​contactour agent in Spain for ​furtherinformation. a ​person who ​represents an ​actor, ​artist, or ​writer
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agent noun [C] (SPY)

B2 someone who ​workssecretly for the ​government or other ​organization: a ​secret/​foreign agent

agent noun [C] (CAUSE)

a ​person or thing that ​produces a ​particulareffect or ​change: a ​powerfulcleaning agent a ​raising agent for ​cakes a ​clotting agentliterary He was the agent oftheir destruction.
(Definition of agent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"agent" in American English

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agentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈeɪ·dʒənt/

agent noun [C] (REPRESENTATIVE)

a ​person who ​acts for or ​represents another: a ​travel agent He is the agent for several of the ​highestpaidplayers in ​baseball. An agent is also someone who ​workssecretly for a ​government or other ​organization: a ​secret agent an ​undercover agent

agent noun [C] (CAUSE)

a ​person or thing that ​produces a ​particulareffect or ​change: a ​cleaning agent An agent is also a ​chemicalsubstance, ​organism, or ​naturalforce that ​produces a ​particulareffect by ​itsaction.
(Definition of agent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"agent" in Business English

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agentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈeɪdʒənt/
COMMERCE a ​person who is ​paid to ​buy or ​sellproducts or ​provide a ​service for a ​company, but who is not a ​regularemployee: Following the recent ​insurancescam, ​legislation is being put in ​place to ensure all agents ​protect their ​customers' best ​interests.
someone who ​represents an actor, musician, etc. in ​order to ​findwork for them: a ​talent/sports/theatrical agent
WORKPLACE someone who ​represents a ​company in ​dealing with ​customers, especially on the ​phone: To speak with one of our agents, please ​call us Monday - Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm.
GOVERNMENT someone who does ​secretwork for a ​governmentdepartment: a ​federal/undercover/​secret agent
(Definition of agent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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