Spy vs. Agent

Spy vs. Agent — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Spy and Agent

Spynoun

A person who secretly watches and examines the actions of other individuals or organizations and gathers information on them (usually to gain an advantage).

Agentnoun

One who exerts power, or has the power to act

Spyverb

(intransitive) To act as a spy.

During the Cold War, Russia and America would each spy on each other for recon.

Agentnoun

One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him/her; someone entrusted to do the business of another

Spyverb

(transitive) To spot; to catch sight of.

I think I can spy that hot guy coming over here.

Agentnoun

A person who looks for work for another person

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Spyverb

(intransitive) To search narrowly; to scrutinize.

Agentnoun

Someone who works for an intelligence agency

Spyverb

(transitive) To explore; to see; to view; inspect and examine secretly, as a country.

Agentnoun

An active power or cause or substance; something which has the power to produce an effect

Spynoun

(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors

Agentnoun

(computing) In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase “intelligent agent” it implies some kind of autonomous process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.

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Spynoun

a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people;

my spies tell me that you had a good time last night

Agentnoun

(grammar) The participant of a situation that carries out the action in this situation, e.g. "the boy" in the sentences "The boy kicked the ball" and "The ball was kicked by the boy".

Spyverb

catch sight of

Agentnoun

an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect;

their research uncovered new disease agents

Spyverb

watch, observe, or inquire secretly

Agentnoun

a substance that exerts some force or effect

Spyverb

secretly collect sensitive or classified information; engage in espionage;

spy for the Russians

Agentnoun

a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

Agentnoun

a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission

Agentnoun

any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau

Agentnoun

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