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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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]

Merriam Webster's

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 ; operation 3. 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>

U.S. Military Dictionary

In intelligence usage, an organization or individual engaged in collecting and/or processing information. Also called collection agency. See also agent; intelligence process; source. (JP 2-01)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(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 N see also advertising 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

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Intervention, instrumentality, mediation, means, action, operation, force, influence, procurement. 2. Charge, direction, management, superintendence, supervision.

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