[ ey-juhn-see ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒən si /

noun, plural a·gen·cies.

Origin of agency

1650–60; < Medieval Latin agentia, equivalent to Latin ag- (root of agere to do, act, manage) + -entia -ency
Related formssub·a·gen·cy, noun, plural sub·a·gen·cies.un·der·a·gen·cy, noun, plural un·der·a·gen·cies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for agency


/ (ˈeɪdʒənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a business or other organization providing a specific servicean employment agency
the place where an agent conducts business
the business, duties, or functions of an agent
action, power, or operationthe agency of fate
intercession or mediation
one of the administrative organizations of a government

Word Origin for agency

C17: from Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agere to do
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Word Origin and History for agency



1650s, "active operation," from Medieval Latin agentia, noun of state from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful," present participle of agere (see act (n.)). Meaning "establishment where business is done for another" first recorded 1861.

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