sub·​agen·​cy ˌsəb-ˈā-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce subagency (audio)
variants or sub-agency
plural subagencies or sub-agencies
: a subordinate agency
regional subagencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation
: the office or function of a subagent (as in real estate)
A subagency is created when one broker appoints other brokers, as subagents, to help perform client-based functions on the principal's behalf.Thomas J. Bellairs et al.

Examples of subagency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Executive Office for Immigration Review, the U.S. Department of Justice subagency that oversees immigration courts and established the dedicated docket, did not respond to a request for comment. Cindy Carcamostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Employers would likely have to present their plans to OSHA, a subagency of the Labor Department, during a workplace inspection and could be fined for violations. Sarah Chaney Cambon, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, D.-Conn., asked the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether or not the FDA, a subagency of HHS, took appropriate and effective action. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 ASHINGTON — Health secretary Alex Azar suddenly appointed a new top lawyer at the Food and Drug Administration just hours after the subagency had announced its own pick for the post. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 11 Jan. 2021 Some progressive groups are also homing in on the top role at an obscure but key subagency: the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which reviews proposed regulations by executive agencies. Tarini Parti and Eliza Collins, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2020 The subcommittee took particular aim at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a subagency within the Executive Office of the President. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subagency was in 1742

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“Subagency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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