su·​per·​agen·​cy ˈsü-pər-ˌā-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce superagency (audio)
: a large complex governmental agency especially when set up to supervise other agencies

Examples of superagency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Worst of all, the bill would make the Federal Trade Commission a superagency by expanding its budget by $300 million along with the almost unlimited power to persecute American business with its vast menu of potential offenses. Robert H. Bork Jr., WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Former Senator John Edwards, Democrat of North Carolina, planned to introduce legislation that would have removed the bureau’s domestic intelligence arm and created a new kind of superagency akin to Britain’s MI 5. Noah Weiland, New York Times, 21 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superagency was in 1943

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“Superagency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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