Central Intelligence Agency: the U.S. federal agency that coordinates governmental intelligence activities outside the United States.
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abbreviation for
Central Intelligence Agency; a federal US bureau created in 1947 to coordinate and conduct espionage and intelligence activities

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Word Origin & History

U.S. civilian espionage agency, abbreviation of Central Intelligence Agency, founded 1947 as successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. cash in advance

  2. Central Intelligence Agency

  3. Culinary Institute of America

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Example sentences for cia
The cia approaches alex with a mission for him, and he is forced to accept.
A secretive arrangement granted a percentage of the cia budget.
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