noun, plural a·gen·cies.
- agency for international development,
- agency shop,
Origin of agency
Examples from the Web for agency
Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.
Wisner continues to feel angry toward the agency because she believes she was misled.
Larson, as usual, instills gravitas and agency in an otherwise underwritten character.
It seems like you took a circuitous route, rather than coming up through some agency.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave|James Joiner|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Well before the launch of the agency, the founders used their cameras to capture telling snippets of city life.
While it was for this tribe that the agency at Fort Snelling was established, yet the Chippewas often frequented its headquarters.Old Fort Snelling|Marcus L. Hansen
The only possibility of peril which reason suggested was through the agency of that stranger.With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga|W. Bert Foster
By this agency every post in the northern department was reached.The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company|George Bryce
Gazing at them, I felt that by my agency something worth living for had been done.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Warriors continued to slip away from the agency and join the hostiles.The Greater Republic|Charles Morris
noun plural -cies
Word Origin 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.