Definitions for: Agency


[n] how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
[n] a business that serves other businesses
[n] an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
[n] the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
[n] the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"



Webster (1913) Definition: A"gen*cy, n.; pl. Agencies. [agentia, fr. L. agens,
agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.]
1. The faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of
being in action; action; instrumentality.

The superintendence and agency of Providence in the
natural world. --Woodward.

2. The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a
principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with
the concerns of another.

3. The place of business of am agent.

Syn: Action; operation; efficiency; management.

Synonyms: authority, bureau, delegacy, federal agency, government agency, means, office, representation, way

See Also: action, activeness, activity, ad agency, administrative body, administrative unit, advertising agency, AEC, Atomic Energy Commission, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Census, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control, central bank, Central Intelligence Agency, child welfare agency, child welfare service, CIA, commercial agency, Comptroller of the Currency, concern, credit bureau, desperate measure, detective agency, dint, effectuation, employment agency, employment office, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, escape, executive agency, expedient, FBI, FDA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Housing Administration, FHA, Food and Drug Administration, Foreign Service, Frankenstein, free agency, ICC, implementation, Inland Revenue, instrument, Internal Revenue Service, Interstate Commerce Commission, IR, IRS, legal representation, local authority, Manhattan Project, mercantile agency, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, National Weather Service, news agency, news organisation, news organization, NRC, NRLB, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, open sesame, Ordnance Survey, organ, OSHA, patent office, press agency, press association, redevelopment authority, regulatory agency, regulatory authority, road, salvation, SEC, secret service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Selective Service, Selective Service System, service agency, service bureau, service firm, Social Security Administration, state, stepping stone, tool, tooth, transfer agent, travel agency, UN agency, United Nations agency, voice, weather bureau, wings, wire service

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