Agency - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeɪdʒənsi|  American pronunciation of the word agency
Brit.  |ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nsi|  British pronunciation of the word agency


- an administrative unit of government (syn: authority, bureau, office)
- a business or organization that provides a particular service, especially the mediation of transactions between two parties
- the state of being in action or exerting power

the agency of providence
she has free agency

- the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent (syn: delegacy, representation)
- thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end(syn: means, way)

an example is the best agency of instruction


the federal agency in charge of printing money

...the federal agency charged with enforcing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms...

An invisible agency arrested his progress.

a UN agency responsible for helping refugees

European Research Coordination Agency

International Atomic Energy Agency

International Development Agency

Central Intelligence Agency

In the 20th century science becomes an agency of destruction.

Advanced Research Projects Agency

Defense Supply Agency

Environmental Protection Agency

European Space Agency

Federal Work Agency

Foreign Investment Review Agency

Word forms

singular: agency
plural: agencies
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