- 1 [often with adjective or noun modifier] A business or organization providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person, or group: an advertising agency aid agenciesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A department or body providing a specific service for a government or other organization: the Environmental Protection AgencyMore example sentences
- 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 [mass noun] Action or intervention producing a particular effect: canals carved by the agency of running waterMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [count noun] A thing or person that acts to produce a particular result: the movies could be an agency moulding the values of the publicMore example sentences
- 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).