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"

GCIDE

  1. agencynoun

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

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

  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).

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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. agencynoun

    agent

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

  3. agencynoun

    The office of an agent, or factor.

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

  4. agencynoun

    The relation between a principal and his agent.

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

  5. agencynoun

    Business of one entrusted with the concerns of another.

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

  6. agencynoun

    The place of business of an agent.

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

  7. agencynoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Agencynoun

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

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

  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

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

  3. Agencynoun

    the place of business of am agent

    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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Numerology

  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. Eric Swalwell:

    I think we should hear from him in the public and that we should get to the bottom of just exactly why was he working with Russia Today, as a former Defense Intelligence Agency director, he of all people knows that agency is connected to Russia's intelligence services and so to take money from them and to work with Russian ambassador after sanctions were put on Russia and to lie to the vice president, that's powerful evidence that he knew what was going on and this was converging at the time of Russia's interference campaign.

  2. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko:

    I am really happy for Yulia Efimova, wADA( World Anti-Doping Agency) has taken absolutely the right decision to recommend that Efimova's temporary ban is lifted.

  3. Anthony Romero:

    They spoke about the National Security Agency's (NSA) electronic surveillance, its ramifications for world leaders and impact on the citizens of foreign countries.

  4. Clarence Ditlow:

    He's using the resources he has and working to change the culture at the agency from one that gets along with the auto industry to one that regulates the auto industry.

  5. Gharib Abadi:

    Iran, like all other members of the agency, can not condone any behavior or action which may be against the safety and security of its nuclear installations, especially... considering the past sabotage attempts in its nuclear facilities.

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