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noun [countable] agent pronunciation in British English /ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nt/
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  1. 2
    someone who works for a country’s secret service and collects secret information about foreign governments
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    1. a.
      an official of some US government departments, such as the FBI

      Agent Lehman spoke with the police about the case.

  2. 3
    a chemical or other substance that has a particular effect
    1. a.
      formal something that causes change
      agent of:

      Soil erosion is a major agent of environmental change.

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when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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