Agency meaning

ājən-sē
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The definition of an agency is a group of people that performs some specific task, or that helps others in some way.

A business that takes care of all the details for a person planning a trip is an example of a travel agency.

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The means or mode of acting; instrumentality.
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Active force; action; power.
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The condition of being in action; operation.
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That by which something is done; means; instrumentality.
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A fiduciary relationship in which a person or entity act, by mutual consent, for the benefit of another and bind the other party by words or deeds. See agent, authority, fiduciary and principal.
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The business of any person, firm, etc. empowered to act for another.
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A person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved: instrumentality, means.
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An establishment engaged in doing business for another; also, the place of business or the district of such an agency.
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A department or other administrative unit of a government; also, the office or headquarters of, or the district administered by such unit of government.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Central Intelligence Agency.

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The capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power; action or activity; operation.

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

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An administrative division of government with specific functions.
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An organization that offers a particular kind of assistance.

A social agency.

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An arrangement in which a person, or agent, matches up buyers and sellers and charges a commission.
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A governmental body with the legal authority to administer and implement specific legislation.
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The office or function of an agent; also, the relationship between a principal and that person's agent.
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An administrative division of a government or international body.
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The business office or district of such a person, firm, etc.
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Origin of agency

  • Medieval Latin agentia from Latin agēns agent- present participle of agere to do agent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agens (present participle of agere (“to act”)), agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).

    From Wiktionary