Definitions for agencyˈeɪ dʒən si
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a•gen•cyˈeɪ dʒən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.
an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service:
a welfare agency.
a government bureau or administrative division.
a company having a franchise to represent another.
the duty or function of an agent.
the place of business of an agent.
a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality.
Origin of agency:
1650–60; < ML
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"
a business that serves other businesses
the state of being in action or exerting power
"the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
representation, delegacy, agency(noun)
the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
agency(noun)ˈeɪ dʒən si
a government department
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
agencyˈeɪ dʒən si
an organization providing services
an employment agency; a modeling agency
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.
A bond issued by a US government-backed entity, such as Fannie Mae.
Origin: From agentia, from agens (present participle of agere), agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).
the faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality
the office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another
the place of business of am agent
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1748
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2444
Rank popularity for the word 'agency' in Nouns Frequency: #473
Translations for agency
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the office or business of an agent
an advertising agency.
- agênciaPortuguese (BR)
- die AgenturGerman
- agentur; bureauDanish
- agentuur, esindusEstonian
- एजेंसी, शाखाHindi
- umboðsfyrirtæki, umboðIcelandic
- aģentūra; birojsLatvian
- byrå, agenturNorwegian
- نماینده ګیPashto
- agentur, byrå, kontorSwedish
- temsilci, acentaTurkish
- 代辦機關，代理公司Chinese (Trad.)
- агенція, агентствоUkrainian
- 代理机构，经销机构Chinese (Simp.)
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