What does agency mean?

Definitions for agencyˈeɪ dʒən si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word agency.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of agency in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of agency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Raymond Chandler:

    Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.

  2. Fred Allen:

    The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.

  3. Alexander Hamilton:

    Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

  4. Chief Operating Officer Rainer Martens:

    There are areas where Agency Partners can increase the number of shifts ; that's not a problem as long as Agency Partners don't then have to invest in more new buildings, increasing the number of machines Agency Partners use takes around 1.5-2 years, but that too is doable.

  5. James Madison, Federalist 10:

    Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.

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