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agent (s) (noun), agents (pl)
1. Someone who acts or has the power or authority to act.
2. Anyone empowered to act for or to represent another person; such as, an author's agent; or an insurance agent.
3. A means by which something is done or that is caused to be done; an instrument.
4. A force or substance that causes a change; such as, a chemical agent; an infectious agent.
5. A representative or official of a government or administrative department of a government: an FBI agent.
6. A spy.
7. In linguistics, the noun or noun phrase that specifies the person through whom or the means by which an action is effected.
This entry is located in the following unit: ag-, agen-, act-, agi-, agit- (page 3)
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agent provocateur (s) (noun); agents provocateurs, agent provocateurs (pl)
1. A person who is employed to encourage people to break the law so they can be arrested and prosecuted: The government used agents provocateurs to try to undermine the opposition party so they would lose the election.
2. A secret agent implanted in an organization; such as, a trade union or political party, to incite its members to actions or declarations that will result in penalties or punishment for them: In the story that Jim was reading, the secret service decided to ask a young woman to be an agent provocateur in order to provoke a suspected person to perform an illegal deed which would then result in his conviction.
alpha adrenergic blockers; adrenoceptor-blocking agents; alpha blockers
These drugs stop the stimulation of alpha-adrenergic receptors at the nerve endings of the sympathetic nervous system by hormones with adrenaline-like characteristics.
This entry is located in the following unit: alpha; A, α + (page 1)
secret agent (s) (noun), secret agents (pl)
Someone who tries to get secret information about another country, government, etc.: Mildred's sister was accused of being a secret agent for a foreign government.
This entry is located in the following unit: cern-, cert-, cer-; cret-, creet-, cre- (page 4)