Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
An ~ is a person who looks after someone else’s business affairs or does business on their behalf. (BUSINESS)
You are buying direct, rather than through an ~.
= representative, rep
see also estate ~ , press ~ , travel ~
An ~ in the arts world is a person who gets work for an actor or musician, or who sells the work of a writer to publishers.
An ~ is a person who works for a country’s secret service.
All these years he’s been an ~ for the East.
A chemical that has a particular effect or is used for a particular purpose can be referred to as a particular kind of ~.
...the bleaching ~ in white flour.
N-COUNT: supp N