Central Intelligence Agency(CIA)

Agency

Legal Definition of Central Intelligence Agency

independent government agency in the executive branch charged with carrying out intelligence and counterintelligence operations in support of national security. The CIA reports to the director of national intelligence on intelligence and counterintelligence needs; collects, evaluates, and disseminates intelligence and foreign counterintelligence data; conducts counterintelligence operations outside the United States; and conducts special activities approved by the president. Clandestine activities are carried on under various guises—including the diplomatic cover used by virtually every intelligence service, as well as such fronts as corporations that the CIA creates or acquires.

Learn More about Central Intelligence Agency

Share Central Intelligence Agency

Resources for Central Intelligence Agency

Comments on Central Intelligence Agency

What made you want to look up Central Intelligence Agency? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deny responsibility for

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!