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They are two different things. The oxidizing agent will be reduced, as it will oxidize the other thing that is involved in the redox reaction. That's why it is an "oxidizing agent". If a thing is oxidized, it means that it is a reducing agent, as the other thing in the redox reaction will be reduced.
Remembering the difference between being oxidized and being the oxidizing agent AND being reduced and being the reducing agent can be confusing.You just got to remember that if a molecule is being oxidized, then it is the reducing agent because it is the one losing and transferring the electrons over. The molecule being reduced is the oxidizing agent because it is accepting this transfer of electrons.
Basically the reactant in the reduction reaction is the oxidizing agent, which is what enables the reactant in the oxidized reaction to get oxidized. On the other hand, the reactant in the oxidation half reaction is the reducing agent for the reactant in the reduction half reaction.
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