noun agen·cy \ˈā-jən(t)-sē\

: a business that provides a particular service

: a government department that is responsible for a particular activity, area, etc.

plural agen·cies

Full Definition of AGENCY

a :  the office or function of an agent
b :  the relationship between a principal and that person's agent
:  the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power :  operation
:  a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved :  instrumentality <communicated through the agency of the ambassador>
:  an establishment engaged in doing business for another <an advertising agency>
:  an administrative division (as of a government) <the agency for consumer protection>

Examples of AGENCY

  1. the federal agency in charge of printing money
  2. <the federal agency charged with enforcing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms>

First Known Use of AGENCY

May 29, 2015
bodacious Hear it
unmistakable, remarkable, or voluptuous
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