agency

[ey-juhn-see]
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:
1650–60; < Medieval Latin agentia, equivalent to Latin ag- (root of agere to do, act, manage) + -entia -ency

subagency, noun, plural subagencies.
underagency, noun, plural underagencies.


10. intercession, good offices.
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agency (ˈeɪdʒənsɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agere to do]

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agency
1650s, "acting of an agent," from M.L. agentia, noun of state from L. agentem (nom. agens, gen. agentis), prp. of agere (see act). Meaning "establishment where business is done for another" first recorded 1861.
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