news agency


Definition of news agency

: an organization that supplies news to subscribing newspapers, periodicals, and newscasters

Examples of news agency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two-thirds of off-shore oil production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has been shut down ahead of Hurricane Zeta, Reuters news agency reported. CBS News, "Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana as strong Category 2 storm," 29 Oct. 2020 In a country where antibiotics are freely available over the counter, around 60 percent of Russians prefer to self-diagnose and select their own medicines, the Tass news agency reported in April 2019, citing a survey by Washington Post, "In Russia, sick people often treat themselves. That’s not helping in the coronavirus fight.," 23 Oct. 2020 Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked secret documents about the government's secret intelligence collection programs, has been granted permanent residency rights in Russia, the TASS news agency reported Thursday. NBC News, "Russia reportedly grants NSA whistleblower Snowden permanent residency," 22 Oct. 2020 The unnamed calf was born on Oct. 14, according to British news agency SWNS. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Endangered white rhino recently born has become a 'mischievous character'," 21 Oct. 2020 This estimate came from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, the TASS news agency reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Musk updates Super Heavy plan, China to launch spaceplane?," 4 Sep. 2020 At least 32 people were saved, but about 40 people drowned, according to the Portuguese news agency, Lusa. Tom Bowker, Star Tribune, "At least 40 fleeing extremist violence drown in Mozambique," 4 Nov. 2020 Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said that initial investigations indicate that the suspect who was killed had sympathized with the Islamic State group, according to the news agency. NBC News, "4 dead, at least 14 injured in suspected Vienna terror attack; shooter dead, others possibly at large," 2 Nov. 2020 An official with the French presidency reacted in a statement hours later to the AFP news agency, announcing the country would recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations and to meet with Macron. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "France pulls ambassador to Turkey after Erdogan calls for mental health check for Macron," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of news agency

1873, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“News agency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of news agency

: an organization that collects and gives news to newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio stations

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