- a business or other organization providing a specific service: an employment agency
- the place where an agent conducts business
- the business, duties, or functions of an agent
- action, power, or operation: the agency of fate
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service:[countable]a welfare agency; an employment agency.
- the place of business of an agent:[countable]independent insurance agency.
- a means or method of exercising power or influence;
a way something is accomplished:[uncountable]awarded the contract through the agency of friends.
- an organization, company, or bureau that provides some service for another:a welfare agency.
- a company having a franchise to represent another.
- Governmenta governmental bureau, or an office that represents it.
- the place of business of an agent.
- GovernmentSee Indian agency.
- Governmentan administrative division of a government.
- the duty or function of an agent.
- the relationship between a principal and his or her agent.
- the state of being in action or of exerting power;
operation:the agency of Providence.
- 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
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intercession, good offices.