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).

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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  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. Marc Edwards:

    I guess being a government agency means you never have to say you're sorry.

  2. Justice Anthony Kennedy:

    When you are dealing with a governmental agency, many critical points are matters of public concern, and is it not true that many teachers strongly disagree with the union position on teacher tenure, on merit pay, on merit promotion, on classroom size?

  3. Sardar Pashaei:

    Is n’t sending a wrestler to Iran Labor News Agency with the slogan ‘ Death to America ’ a political act ?

  4. The New York Fed:

    BlackRock was selected on a short-term basis to serve as an investment manager after considering their expertise in trading and analyzing agency CMBS in the secondary market, and robust operational and technological capabilities.

  5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    Not only am I going to send the Department of Justice and the IRS, I will send (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the (Environmental Protection Agency) and every federal agency I can think of to go after Planned Parenthood.

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