Definitions for agencyˈeɪ dʒən si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

  2. agency(noun)

    a business that serves other businesses

  3. agency(noun)

    the state of being in action or exerting power

    "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"

  4. representation, delegacy, agency(noun)

    the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

  5. means, agency, way(noun)

    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"


  1. agency(n.)

    An organization or business that provides some service, primarily for other organizations; as, an advertising agency.

  2. agency(n.)

    An administrative division of a government; as, a state welfare agency; a motor vehicle agency; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  3. Origin: [agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.]


  1. agency(Noun)

    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. agency(Noun)


  3. agency(Noun)

    The office of an agent, or factor.

  4. agency(Noun)

    The relation between a principal and his agent.

  5. agency(Noun)

    Business of one entrusted with the concerns of another.

  6. agency(Noun)

    The place of business of an agent.

  7. agency(Noun)

    A bond issued by a US government-backed entity, such as Fannie Mae.

  8. Origin: From agentia, from agens (present participle of agere), agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agency(noun)

    the faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality

  2. Agency(noun)

    the office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another

  3. Agency(noun)

    the place of business of am agent

  4. Origin: [agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. agency

    In intelligence usage, an organization or individual engaged in collecting and/or processing information. Also called collection agency. See also agent; intelligence process; source.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1748

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2444

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Nouns Frequency: #473

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Meadows:

    Are agency leaders doing enough ?

  2. Mayer Brown:

    Back then, nobody knew about the No Such Agency.

  3. Steven Wilburn:

    It's just too critical an agency right now to abandon.

  4. Takushoku University:

    To become a 'normal country', an intelligence agency is vital.

  5. Yukiya Amano:

    The agency is ready to accelerate resolution of all outstanding issues.

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