agent-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a cause of effective action, an initiator

Commentary: AGENT[+cause][+effective][+biological/+chemical/+social]

These chemicals are bleaching agents.
The Internet continues to be an agent of social and economic change.
That pitcher will be a free agent next year when his current contract expires.
Hospitals try to minimize patients' exposure to infectious agents.
Ricin is a plant toxin 30 times more potent than the nerve agent VX.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: an official or officer of the federal government, often field officers

Commentary: AGENT[+government][+federal][+official][+espionage/+narcotics/+immigration]

Federal agents stormed the compound of the cult leader.
It's an interesting novel about a double agent operating in London during the Cold War. (spy)
The minister was a former KGB agent.
Bob's neighbor was questioned by two FBI agents yesterday.
The children were pretending they were secret agents.
Three narcotics agents went undercover to break up a cocaine ring.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 3: a causative grammatical role

Commentary: AGENT[+role][+grammatical][+causative]

In the sentence ' John cooked an egg', 'John' is a noun and also the agent and subject of the clause.
We discussed the grammatical roles of 'agent', 'patient' and 'instrument' in the semantics seminar today.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 4: an authorized representative providing business or service

Commentary: AGENT[+person][+business][+representative][+authorized]

Our travel agent found us a good vacation package.
Mary's agent has found a publisher for her first novel.
John is selling his own house because he doesn't want to pay a commission to a real estate agent.
The ticket agent was able to upgrade my seat on the flight to Miami.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4

Sense Number 5: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)