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]
EtymologyFrom agentia, from agens, agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).
PronunciationIPA: WEAE /ˈeː.ʤən.si/
- 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.
- The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one entrusted with the concerns of another.
- The place of business of an agent.
- Czech: kancelář , agentura
- French: agence , action , organisme
- German: Agentur (3)
- Hebrew: סוכנות (sokhnut) (3)
- Japanese: 代理店 (dairiten)
Agency may refer to any of the following:
- Agency (country subdivision)
- Agency (law), the status of a person who acts for another person.
- Agency (Mormonism)
- Agency (philosophy), the capacity to make choices
- Employment agency, a business that serves as a representative, acting on behalf of another
- Free agency, availability status of a rostered player on a team or franchise.
- Government agency, a department of a local or national government responsible for the oversight and administration of a specific function
- International agency, an inter-governmental body
- News agency
- Moral agency, capacity for making moral judgments.
- Structure and agency, ability of an actor to organize future situations and resource distribution.
- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is colloquially called "the Agency".
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (when context allows this abbreviation without ambiguity; official term for internal use)
- The Agency, the former name of the fictional secret government organization in the video game series, Syphon Filter. Now called the International Presidential Consulting Agency.
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
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