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Meaning of agency by Wiktionary Dictionary

agency


    Etymology

    From Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agens ( present participle of agere ( “to act” ) ), agentis ( cognate with French agence, see also agent ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈeɪ.dʒən.si/

    Noun

    agency ( plural: agencies )

    1. 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. agent
    3. The office of an agent, or factor .
    4. The relation between a principal and his agent .
    5. Business of one entrusted with the concerns of another .
    6. The place of business of an agent .
    7. A bond issued by a US government-backed entity, such as Fannie Mae .

    Derived terms

    Related terms

    • act
    • action
    • agent

    External links

    • agency in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of agency by Wordnet Dictionary

agency


    Noun
    1. how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

    2. an example is the best agency of instruction
    3. a business that serves other businesses

    4. an administrative unit of government

    5. the Central Intelligence Agency
    6. the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

    7. the state of being in action or exerting power

    8. the agency of providence
      she has free agency


    Definition of agency by GCIDE Dictionary

    agency


    1. agency ( ājens ), n.; pl. Agencies ( ājensĭz ). [agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.]
      1. 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. 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. The place of business of an agent.

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

      5. 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 )”.

      Syn. -- Action; operation; efficiency; management.