A'GENCY, n. [L. agens. See Act.] 1. The quality of moving or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; operation; instrumentality; as, the agency of providence in the natural world. 2. The office of an agent, or factor; business of an agent entrusted with the concerns of another; as, the principal pays the charges of agency.
n 1: an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" [syn: agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority] 2: a business that serves other businesses 3: the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency" 4: the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent [syn: representation, delegacy, agency] 5: how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success" [syn: means, agency, way]
noun (plural-cies) Date: 1640 1.a. the office or function of an agent b. the relationship between a principal and that person's agent 2. the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power ;operation3. a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved ;instrumentality<communicated through the agency of the ambassador> 4. an establishment engaged in doing business for another <an advertising agency> 5. an administrative division (as of a government) <the agency for consumer protection>
n. (pl. -ies) 1 a the business or establishment of an agent (employment agency). b the function of an agent. 2 a active operation; action (free agency). b intervening action (fertilized by the agency of insects). c action personified (an invisible agency). 3 a specialized department of the United Nations. Etymology: med.L agentia f. L agere do
Agency A"gen*cy, n.; pl. Agencies. [agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.] 1. The faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality. The superintendence and agency of Providence in the natural world. --Woodward. 2. The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another. 3. The place of business of am agent. Syn: Action; operation; efficiency; management.
(agencies)Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. An agency is a business which provides a service on behalf of other businesses. (BUSINESS) We had to hire maids through an agency.N-COUNT: oft supp Nsee alsoadvertising agency, employment agency, press agency, travel agency 2. An agency is a government organization responsible for a certain area of administration. ...the government agency which monitors health and safety at work in Britain...N-COUNT: oft supp N