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Central Intelligence Agency: the U.S. federal agency that coordinates governmental intelligence activities outside the United States.
Also, C.I.A.


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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for CIA


Central Intelligence Agency; a federal US bureau created in 1947 to coordinate and conduct espionage and intelligence activities
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Word Origin and History for CIA

U.S. civilian espionage agency, initialism of Central Intelligence Agency, founded 1947 as successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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Related Abbreviations for CIA


  1. cash in advance
  2. Central Intelligence Agency
  3. Culinary Institute of America
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