Definition of


  1. (noun, group) an administrative unit of government
    the Census Bureau
    Office of Management and Budget
    Tennessee Valley Authority
  2. (noun, group) a business that serves other businesses
  3. (noun, state) the state of being in action or exerting power
    she has free agency
  4. (noun, state) the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
  5. (noun, act) how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    an example is the best agency of instruction
    the true way to success

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Alternate forms of Agency

Derivations: agent, agential

Hyponyms: ad agency, advanced research and development activity, advertising agency, afisr, ai, air force, air force intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, air force isr, arda, army, army intelligence, ballistic missile defense organization, bja, bjs, bmdo, bureau of customs, bureau of diplomatic security, bureau of engraving and printing, bureau of intelligence and research, bureau of justice assistance, bureau of justice statistics, bureau of the census, casualty care research center, ccrc, cdc, census bureau, center for disease control and prevention, commercial agency, comptroller of the currency, counterterrorist center, credit bureau, ctc, customs bureau, customs service, darpa, defense advanced research projects agency, defense information systems agency, defense logistics agency, defense reutilization and marketing service, defense technical information center, department of defense laboratory system, department of energy intelligence, desperate measure, detective agency, dint, disa, doei, drms, ds, dtic, employment agency, employment office, escape, executive agency, expedient, faa, fast track, fda, federal aviation agency, federal housing administration, fha, financial management service, food and drug administration, foreign service, frankenstein, free agency, fws, gao, government accounting office, government printing office, gpo, immigration and naturalization service, independent agency, inr, ins, instrument, internal revenue service, irs, lablink, law enforcement agency, legal representation, local authority, marine corps intelligence activity, mcia, mercantile agency, national climatic data center, national geospatial-intelligence agency, national guard bureau, national institute of standards and technology, national institutes of health, national oceanic and atmospheric administration, national park service, national technical information service, national weather service, naval air warfare center weapons division, naval special warfare, naval surface warfare center, naval underwater warfare center, navy, nawcwpns, ncdc, news agency, news organisation, news organization, nga, ngb, nih, nist, noaa, nonproliferation center, npc, nsw, nswc, ntis, nuwc, occupational safety and health administration, office of intelligence support, office of naval intelligence, ois, oni, open sesame, organ, osha, patent and trademark office database, patent office, phs, press agency, press association, road, salvation, service agency, service bureau, service firm, stepping stone, technology administration, tool, tooth, transfer agent, transportation security administration, travel agency, tsa, u. s. air force, u. s. army, u. s. coast guard, united states air force, united states army, united states border patrol, united states coast guard, united states fish and wildlife service, united states government accounting office, united states government printing office, united states navy, united states public health service, us air force, us army, us border patrol, us coast guard, us fish and wildlife service, us government printing office, us navy, usa, usaf, uscb, usn, virus, voice, wings, wire service

Hypernyms: action, activeness, activity, administrative body, administrative unit, business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern, effectuation, implementation, state

Origin of the word Agency

  1. 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. more

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