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agency

Noun

1 an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" [syn: federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority]
2 a business that serves other businesses
3 the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
4 the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent [syn: representation, delegacy]
5 how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success" [syn: means, way]

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English

Etymology

From agentia, from agens, agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ˈeː.ʤən.si/

Noun

  1. The faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality.
    The superintendence and agency of Providence in the natural world. --Woodward.
  2. The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one entrusted with the concerns of another.
  3. The place of business of an agent.

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Extensive Definition

Agency may refer to any of the following:
Organizations
See also:
agency in Bulgarian: Агенция
agency in German: Agency
agency in French: Agence
agency in Dutch: Agency
agency in Japanese: 代理店
agency in Polish: Agency
agency in Portuguese: Agência
agency in Slovak: Agentúra
agency in Turkish: Ajans
agency in Volapük: Agency

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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