an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service: We are a nonprofit agency for people experiencing food insecurity.
a company having a franchise to represent another: Perhaps we should be looking for a new advertising agency.
a governmental bureau or administrative division, or an office that represents it: My internship at the FDA led to job opportunities with other federal agencies.
the place of business of an agent: If you stop by the agency tomorrow, we can go over the details of the land sale.
the duty or function of an agent.
the relationship between a principal and an agent: Investment firms must incentivize proper agency so that fund managers prioritize the investor’s interests over their own.
the state of being in action or of exerting power; operation: the agency of divine Providence.
the capacity to act or exert power: We may have our free agency, but we are responsible for our choices.
a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality: nominated by the agency of friends.
- sub·a·gen·cy, noun, plural sub·a·gen·cies.
- un·der·a·gen·cy, noun, plural un·der·a·gen·cies.
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How to use agency in a sentence
Law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government provide a valuable and often thankless public service in their communities.
But until recently, there was no requirement for government agencies to report deaths in police custody.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Very few agencies offer police any specific guidance or training on how to question people with ID,” said Garrett.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Government agencies will be attempting to keep a close eye on them, regardless.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists | Scott Beauchamp | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are for corporations like Hobby Lobby, and vast hospital networks, and, yes, adoption agencies.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Statements rendered by mercantile or collection agencies to inquirers for business purposes are clearly privileged.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
As long as man left his bones to the unaided agencies of nature, they were little likely to be preserved.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
On the other hand, reward without useful service has been one of the leading agencies that have acted to check human progress.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
All officers of the Crown, and all public agencies from whom information was sought, were helpful.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
It is the least important of the agencies which feed the credit of the adherents of the system.
British Dictionary definitions for agency
a business or other organization providing a specific service: an employment agency
the place where an agent conducts business
the business, duties, or functions of an agent
action, power, or operation: the agency of fate
intercession or mediation
one of the administrative organizations of a government
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