agency

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•gen•cy /ˈeɪdʒənsi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service:[countable]a welfare agency; an employment agency.
  2. the place of business of an agent:[countable]independent insurance agency.
  3. a means or method of exercising power or influence;
    a way something is accomplished:[uncountable]awarded the contract through the agency of friends.
See -ag-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•gen•cy  jən sē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -cies. 
  1. an organization, company, or bureau that provides some service for another:a welfare agency.
  2. a company having a franchise to represent another.
  3. Governmenta governmental bureau, or an office that represents it.
  4. the place of business of an agent.
  5. GovernmentSee  Indian agency. 
  6. Governmentan administrative division of a government.
  7. the duty or function of an agent.
  8. the relationship between a principal and his or her agent.
  9. the state of being in action or of exerting power;
    operation:the agency of Providence.
  10. a means of exerting power or influence;
    instrumentality:nominated by the agency of friends.
  • Medieval Latin agentia, equivalent. to Latin ag- (root of agere to do, act, manage) + -entia -ency
  • 1650–60
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intercession, good offices.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

agency /ˈeɪdʒənsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. a business or other organization providing a specific service: an employment agency
  2. the place where an agent conducts business
  3. the business, duties, or functions of an agent
  4. action, power, or operation: the agency of fate
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agere to do



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