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that by which something is accomplished or some end achieved

a person who secretly observes others to obtain information

Synonyms for agent

any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

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First, disorder was precipitated by the secret agents and the Black Hundreds, then the troops were called out.
In those early days, the agents of the Iron Heel were clumsy in their methods.
Clara Belle was rather a successful agent, but Susan, who could only say "thoap," never made large returns, and the twins, who were somewhat young to be thoroughly trustworthy, could be given only a half dozen cakes at a time, and were obliged to carry with them on their business trips a brief document stating the price per cake, dozen, and box.
Thus Tragedy is the imitation of an action, and of the agents mainly with a view to the action.
The only supernatural agents which can in any manner be allowed to us moderns, are ghosts; but of these I would advise an author to be extremely sparing.
In the last place, the actions should be such as may not only be within the compass of human agency, and which human agents may probably be supposed to do; but they should be likely for the very actors and characters themselves to have performed; for what may be only wonderful and surprizing in one man, may become improbable, or indeed impossible, when related of another.
What government failed to effect, however, with all its patronage and all its agents, was at length brought about by the enterprise and perseverance of a single merchant, one of its adopted citizens; and this brings us to speak of the individual whose enterprise is the especial subject of the following pages; a man whose name and character are worthy of being enrolled in the history of commerce, as illustrating its noblest aims and soundest maxims.
Astor was in London at the time, and immediately made a contract with the agents of the Northwest Company for furs.
The Wekley farm wull soon be for sale, so the agents be tellun' me," his wife remarked, slyly watching what effect her announcement would have upon him.
Quick work disposed of these and cleared his cabin, the agent waiting to take him to the office.
It proved to be a long mile and a half, but they walked it, and half an hour or so later the agent put in an appearance.
The agent explained that the houses were built that way, as the purchasers generally preferred to finish the basements to suit their own taste.
The Agent was silent and thoughtful for a moment; then he drew the other apart into an unfrequented place and whispered in his ear:
The fact of my communication he would necessarily discover, when I gave the address to his agent in the morning.
Affair of agent and sealed letter from seven to eight.