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agency Syllabification: a·gen·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈājənsē/

Definition of agency in English:


1 [often with adjective or noun modifier] A business or organization established to provide a particular service, typically one that involves organizing transactions between two other parties: an advertising agency aid agencies
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  • He and his fiancée, who runs her own temporary agency business for dental nurses, wanted to move to the South Coast.
  • There was a crowd of advertising agency people in action, outside and in, doing a photo shoot of some new Starbucks goodie.
  • BlogAds is an online agency that allows businesses to buy advertising space on blogs.
business, organization, company, firm, office, bureau
1.1A department or body providing a specific service for a government or similar organization: the Environmental Protection Agency
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  • Firstly, Scottish Enterprise is a government-funded agency not a government department.
  • In the education service the governing body of each agency is the employer of the chief executive.
  • The article then goes on to include the title of the report and the specific agency that issued it.
2 Law The office or function of an agent: a contract of agency
3Action or intervention, especially such as to produce a particular effect: canals carved by the agency of running water a belief in various forms of supernatural agency
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  • Hence they are not easy to weigh up their adversarial effects which are not known by the agency of action and at the time of the action.
  • Later he became strongly opposed to the theory that proglacial lakes were formed by the agency of huge glacial dams.
  • Happiness is finally restored by the agency of enchanted potions.
action, activity, means, effect, influence, force, power, vehicle, medium
intervention, intercession, involvement, good offices;
auspices, aegis
3.1A thing or person that acts to produce a particular result: the movies could be an agency molding the values of the public
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  • The risk theory has merits that are independent of its claim to explain what it is for an agency to cause harm.
  • Natural selection is an agency of adaptive change which operates between generations.
  • Biological expertise could thus be the basis of risk prevention strategies by a variety of agencies of social control.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin agentia, from agent- 'doing' (see agent).

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