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agency

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noun agen·cy \ˈā-jən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of agency

  • : a business that provides a particular service

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

Full Definition of agency

plural agen·cies

  1. 1 a :  the office or function of an agent b :  the relationship between a principal and that person's agent

  2. 2 :  the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power :  operation

  3. 3 :  a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved :  instrumentality <communicated through the agency of the ambassador>

  4. 4 :  an establishment engaged in doing business for another <an advertising agency>

  5. 5 :  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>



1640

First Known Use of agency

1640



AGENCY Defined for Kids

agency

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noun agen·cy \ˈā-jən-sē\

Definition of agency

plural agen·cies

  1. 1 :  a person or thing through which power is used or something is achieved <Through the agency of his former school, he reunited with some old friends.>

  2. 2 :  a business that provides a particular service <an advertising agency>

  3. 3 :  a part of a government that is responsible for providing a particular service or performing a specific function <law enforcement agencies>





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