el agente, la agente(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (person negotiating for others)
a. agent
¿Cómo se llama el agente que representa a la escritora a la que conoces?What's the name of the agent who's representing that writer you know?
b. representative
Me ascendieron y ahora soy agente del departamento de ventas.I've been promoted, and now I'm a representative for the sales department.
2. (civil servant)
a. official
Un agente del ayuntamiento me vino a ver para hablar del problema.A council official came to see me to discuss the problem.
b. officer
El preso intentó sobornar a un agente penitenciario para que le dejara ingresar un celular.The prisoner tried to bribe a prison officer to let him bring in a cellphone.
c. member of staff
Gracias por su correo. Uno de nuestros agentes se contactará con usted pronto.Thank you for your email. A member of staff will be in touch with you soon.
3. (member of police force)
a. police officer
La calle estaba llena de agentes y carros de policía.The street was full of police officers and police cars.
b. policeman (masculine)
El agente no llevaba uniforme cuando detuvo al ladrón.The policeman was in plain clothes when he arrested the robber.
c. policewoman (feminine)
La agente se identificó con su placa oficial.The policewoman used her official badge to identify herself.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (chemistry or medicine)
a. agent
¿Qué tipo de agente infeccioso causa esta enfermedad?What type of infectious agent causes this disease?
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (representante)
a. agent
agente de cambio (y bolsa)stockbroker
agente comercialbroker
agente en exclusivasole agent
agente libre de segurosinsurance broker
agente marítimo(a)shipping agent
2. (funcionario)
a. officer
agente de aduanascustoms officer
agente dobledouble agent
agente especialspecial agent
agente de inmigraciónimmigration officer
agente de policíapolice officer, policeman, policewoman
agente secretosecret agent
agente de seguridadsecurity officer
3. (causa activa)
a. agent
4. (economics)
agentes económicossocial partners
(representante) agent; (policía) policeman/policewoman; (Latinoamérica) (oficial) officer; official
agente acreditado accredited agent
agente comercial business agent
agente de bolsa stockbroker
agente de exportación export agent
agente de negocios business agent; broker
agente de prensa press agent
agente de publicidad (Com) advertising agent; (Teat) publicity agent
agente de seguridad (en vuelos comerciales) sky marshal
agente de seguros insurance agent
agente de transportes carrier
agente de turismo travel agent; courier
agente de ventas sales agent; sales rep; sales representative
agente de viajes travel agent
agente especial special agent
agente extranjero foreign agent
agente inmobiliario estate agent; real estate agent o broker; (EEUU) realtor; (EEUU)
agente literario literary agent
agente marítimo shipping agent
agente oficial official agent; authorized agent
agente provocador agent provocateur
agente secreto secret agent
agentes sociales social partners employers and unions; (employers and unions)
agente tributario tax inspector
agente único sole agent
agente viajero commercial traveller; salesman
(Química) agent
agente químico chemical agent
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