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or C.I.A

Central Intelligence Agency: the U.S. federal agency that coordinates governmental intelligence activities outside the United States.


Origin of Cia.
From the Spanish word Compañía Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There were first the letters "CIA," followed by the name "Ford."

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  • OffiCIAl people have a lot of confidence in CIA; too much, in my estimation.

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  • The CIA man grunted as they went to the doorway and left the general's office.

    The Next Logical Step Benjamin William Bova
  • The CIA man was familiar with the opening stages of the war.

    The Next Logical Step Benjamin William Bova
  • The chief town, called CIA, has not less than eight markets.

British Dictionary definitions for CIA


Central Intelligence Agency; a federal US bureau created in 1947 to coordinate and conduct espionage and intelligence activities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for CIA

U.S. civilian espionage agency, initialism of Central Intelligence Agency, founded 1947 as successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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