[ ey-juhn-see ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒən si /

noun, plural a·gen·cies.


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Origin of agency

First recorded in 1650–60; from Medieval Latin agentia, equivalent to Latin ag- (root of agere “to do, act, manage”) + -entia noun suffix; see -ency


sub·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. 2020

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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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