Agency



an organization, company, or bureau that provides some service for another:
a welfare agency.
a company having a franchise to represent another.
a governmental bureau, or an office that represents it.
the place of business of an .
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an administrative division of a government.
the duty or function of an .
the relationship between a principal and his or her .
the state of being in action or of exerting power; operation:
the agency of Providence.
a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality:
nominated by the agency of friends.
Contemporary Examples

It undoes some of the progress made after 9/11 to push information out of agency silos and share it widely across the government.
WikiLeaks’ Harmful New Dump P.J. Crowley August 30, 2011

But Miranda Green reports that not even the House GOP has targeted the agency.
Can the Housing and Urban Development Department Survive a Romney Administration? Miranda Green April 20, 2012

At the agency, clients participate in therapy groups and learn leadership techniques.
Standing Up for Women Jennie Yabroff April 5, 2011

(Agencies, Haaretz) Pro-Hamas bloc wins control of UN agency union – Hamas wins 25 of 27 seats in UNRWA union election in Gaza.
Stuck in the Middle With You Orly Halpern September 18, 2012

Jon Huntsman simply referred to the agency as an “unguided regulatory missile” that will limit free commerce.
Rick Santorum Fibs About Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Daniel Stone January 9, 2012

Historical Examples

I wandered about all day and every day from agency to agency.
The Convert Elizabeth Robins

Any relation of responsibility can be invented and believed, since there are no tests of agency.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

From the first, too, the agency of women was an important feature.
The Social Work of the Salvation Army Edwin Gifford Lamb

These memorable jewels were restored through Gaston’s agency.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

Among others, she one day asked him if he had applied at the agency offices.
The Lamplighter Maria S. Cummins

noun (pl) -cies
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
n.

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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