[ ey-juhn-see ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒən si /
noun, plural a·gen·cies.
an organization, company, or bureau that provides a particular service: a nonprofit agency for the poor.
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 his or her 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.
Words nearby agency
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
OTHER WORDS FROM agencysub·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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British Dictionary definitions for subagency
/ (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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