What does agency mean?

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ˈeɪ dʒən siagen·cy

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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"

GCIDE

  1. agency(n.)

    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. 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).

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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  2. agency(Noun)

    agent

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

  3. agency(Noun)

    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. agency(Noun)

    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. agency(Noun)

    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. agency(Noun)

    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. agency(Noun)

    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. Agency(noun)

    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. 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

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

  3. Agency(noun)

    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  

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

How to pronounce agency?

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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. Steve Cooper:

    Our role is simply to share DNA, other crime scene information, and witness and victim information with any other agency that wants to compare their cases with this one.

  2. Lorella Praeli:

    In the Warrant Service Officer( WSO) program, as it is called, sheriffs deputies would receive one day of training. Unlike the more involved 287( g) ICE program, deputies would not interview a detainee to ascertain his or her citizenship and immigration status. Instead, they essentially would file a federal warrant, directing the local jail to hold a criminal alien for 48 hours after the scheduled release until an ICE agent shows up to take custody. It is cheaper and may allow sheriffs to act without violating sanctuary laws. Expect blowback and scrutiny from opponents. This program is just the latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda, the agency explicitly aims to subvert the will of local communities that have passed ordinances to prevent exactly this kind of cooperation between police and ICE.

  3. Gregory Meeks:

    House Foreign Affairs Committee's very dangerous to have anyone with these kind of racist and extreme views in a position of power where they could end up using it, with bias, against anyone in the agency or outside it, house Foreign Affairs Committee's important to fight back against hateful rhetoric to make sure we don't have more people in power who use their positions for ill will.

  4. Paul Nakasone:

    Paul Nakasone Cyber Command, working in partnership with the National Security Agency, provided indicators of compromise to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.

  5. Renaud Tissier:

    Unlikely, but perhaps. As it turns out, they were right. According to the news agency, 24-year-old Brian first showed COVID-19 symptoms in late March. He then self-isolated at home with his parents, where he lives. A few days later, his mother Florences test positive came back positive, after shed felt fatigued and had a high fever. As she recovered in bed, the cat would snuggle up to her. Then Papille too fell ill. She couldnt stand, she wouldnt react when we called her. Shed barely lift her head, said Brian. It was us who transmitted the virus. CORONAVIRUS TESTING SHORTFALL IN CRISIS-AFFECTED AREAS RISKS UNDETECTED OUTBREAKS Papille was tested for COVID-19 at a national vet school in Paris. Human-to-animal transmission is not something that is impossible, but it is very rare, we have no cases of humans being infected by pets.

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