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agency

[ey-juh n-see] /ˈeɪ dʒən si/
noun, plural agencies.
1.
an organization, company, or bureau that provides some service for another:
a welfare agency.
2.
a company having a franchise to represent another.
3.
a governmental bureau, or an office that represents it.
4.
the place of business of an agent.
6.
an administrative division of a government.
7.
the duty or function of an agent.
8.
the relationship between a principal and his or her agent.
9.
the state of being in action or of exerting power; operation:
the agency of Providence.
10.
a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality:
nominated by the agency of friends.
Origin of agency
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin agentia, equivalent to Latin ag- (root of agere to do, act, manage) + -entia -ency
Related forms
subagency, noun, plural subagencies.
underagency, noun, plural underagencies.
Synonyms
10. intercession, good offices.
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  • I wandered about all day and every day from agency to agency.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • But the change had been effected among these by the agency of extreme want.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • From the first, too, the agency of women was an important feature.

  • He fell to them with only a perfunctory acknowledgment of my agency in procuring them.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Among others, she one day asked him if he had applied at the agency offices.

    The Lamplighter Maria S. Cummins
British Dictionary definitions for agency

agency

/ˈeɪdʒənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
a business or other organization providing a specific service: an employment agency
2.
the place where an agent conducts business
3.
the business, duties, or functions of an agent
4.
action, power, or operation: the agency of fate
5.
intercession or mediation
6.
one of the administrative organizations of a government
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agere to do
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Word Origin and History for agency
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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