What does Agency mean?

Definitions for Agency
ˈeɪ dʒən siAgen·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authoritynoun

    an administrative unit of government

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

  2. agencynoun

    a business that serves other businesses

  3. agencynoun

    the state of being in action or exerting power

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

  4. representation, delegacy, agencynoun

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

  5. means, agency, waynoun

    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. agencynoun

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

  2. agencynoun

    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).


  1. agencynoun

    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. agencynoun


  3. agencynoun

    The office of an agent, or factor.

  4. agencynoun

    The relation between a principal and his agent.

  5. agencynoun

    Business of one entrusted with the concerns of another.

  6. agencynoun

    The place of business of an agent.

  7. agencynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Agencynoun

    Etymology: from agent.

    A few advances there are in the following papers, tending to assert the superintendence and agency of providence in the natural world. John Woodward, Nat. History. Preface to.

    Some of the purchasers themselves may be content to live cheap in a worse country, rather than be at the charge of exchange and agencies. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agencynoun

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

  2. Agencynoun

    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. Agencynoun

    the place of business of am agent

  4. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. agency

    Payment pro operâ et labore, fixed by the prize act at five per cent. as a fair average, but it gives nothing where the property is restored; in such cases it is usual for the agent to charge a gross sum.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. agency

    A certain proportion of money which is ordered to be subtracted from the pay and allowances of the British army, for transacting the business of the several regiments comprising it.

Editors Contribution

  1. agency

    A form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government governmental organization created for a specific purpose with accurate and specific budgets, goals, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structures, systems, vision, treaties, eligibility criteria, employees, expenditure, funding, guidelines, income, IT systems, liquidity, management, policy, resources and technology. This organization employs a moderate amount of employees.

    The unity government agency works efficiently and effectively as an intelligent organization.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

  2. agency

    An organization or business that provides goods or services.

    The recruitment agency provided an excellent local and regional service.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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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

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  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

Examples of Agency in a Sentence

  1. Peter Roskam:

    This report exposes a new and more egregious frontier of potential targeting in the agency's audit selection process.

  2. Amy Spitalnick:

    As our lawsuit against the Trump Foundation illustrates, we intend to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for all violations of state law, we continue to evaluate the evidence to determine what additional actions may be warranted, and will seek a criminal referral from the appropriate state agency as necessary. We've already referred apparent violations of federal law to the Internal Revenue Service and FEC.

  3. Daniel Cates:

    This is not the time for a federal agency to determine a course that removes reasonable, dignified, tested and workable solutions from school districts.

  4. Michael Mann:

    The rather conservative International Energy Agency itself has said there can be no new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to avert dangerous warming. And the G7 nations committed to phasing out coal and ending support for new coal projects earlier this summer, we need to see similar commitments from the G20 countries, including an accelerated schedule for phasing out coal.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    Record high inflation is not just a number from a government agency.

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