Definitions for agencyˈeɪ dʒən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•gen•cyˈeɪ dʒən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service:

    a welfare agency.

  2. a government bureau or administrative division.

    Category: Government

  3. a company having a franchise to represent another.

  4. the duty or function of an agent.

  5. the place of business of an agent.

  6. a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality.

Origin of agency:

1650–60; < ML

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. agency(noun)ˈeɪ dʒən si

    a government department

    the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

  2. agencyˈeɪ dʒən si

    an organization providing services

    an employment agency; a modeling agency


  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

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.


  1. Law of agency

    The law of agency is an area of commercial law dealing with a set of contractual, quasi-contractual and non-contractual fiduciary relationships that involve a person, called the agent, that is authorized to act on behalf of another to create legal relations with a third party. Succinctly, it may be referred to as the relationship between a principal and an agent whereby the principal, expressly or implicitly, authorizes the agent to work under his control and on his behalf. The agent is, thus, required to negotiate on behalf of the principal or bring him and third parties into contractual relationship. This branch of law separates and regulates the relationships between: agents and principals, known as the principal-agent relationship; agents and the third parties with whom they deal on their principals' behalf; and principals and the third parties when the agents purport to deal on their behalf. The common law principle in operation is usually represented in the canon law maxim, qui facit per alium facit per se, i.e. "whoever acts through another does the act himself," and it is a parallel concept to vicarious liability and strict liability in which one person is held liable in criminal law or tort for the acts or omissions of another.

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

Translations for agency

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the office or business of an agent

an advertising agency.

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