Definition of agency in English:

agency

noun

  • 1often with adjective or noun modifier A business or organization providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person, or group.

    ‘an advertising agency’
    ‘aid agencies’
    • ‘BlogAds is an online agency that allows businesses to buy advertising space on blogs.’
    • ‘Victims of domestic violence do not necessarily have to go through the police to access the services of concerned agencies.’
    • ‘The staff in the international organisations and aid agencies are under a lot of pressure to meet targets.’
    • ‘The claimants commissioned an advertising agency to produce the combined logo for them and paid for the commission.’
    • ‘The client was an advertising agency which bought a new agency management software package.’
    • ‘Mr Hollinrake, who runs one of the city's most successful agencies, said businesses had never been busier.’
    • ‘He has told us that they had some consultations with an advertising agency.’
    • ‘People who need care in the home can either pay for carers from Social Services or private agencies.’
    • ‘PAs are employed by private agencies or Swindon social services and have a different role to carers.’
    • ‘He and his fiancée, who runs her own temporary agency business for dental nurses, wanted to move to the South Coast.’
    • ‘There was a crowd of advertising agency people in action, outside and in, doing a photo shoot of some new Starbucks goodie.’
    • ‘Challenges with home help services provided by private agencies were overwhelming at times.’
    • ‘Martin and his business partner Rob Morrice sold their advertising agency to set up Smuji Films last year.’
    • ‘The event has been organised by marketing agency Food from Britain, in conjunction with Selfridge's.’
    • ‘One of the primary benefits of a weblog to an ad agency is its ability to simply publish current agency thought.’
    • ‘With just four staff, LCa Resourcing is a relatively small player in the bustling recruitment agency business.’
    • ‘Bea is suggesting made-up names that sound like they could have been invented by a brand manager at an advertising agency.’
    • ‘Coutts last week confirmed it had come to an arrangement with advertising agency M&C Saatchi.’
    • ‘Mannya was representing a private legal consulting agency at the hearing.’
    • ‘Trafford council wants to shake up its home care service and bring in a private company or voluntary agency.’
    business, organization, company, firm, office, bureau, concern, service
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    1. 1.1 A department or body providing a specific service for a government or other organization.
      ‘the Environmental Protection Agency’
      • ‘Now it is Iraqis and one agency alone has 150 foreign workers on its books.’
      • ‘The article then goes on to include the title of the report and the specific agency that issued it.’
      • ‘The leading role in it should be taken by federal agencies of the defense sectors of industry.’
      • ‘So far the executive agency of the Department of Health has said it does not divulge information about faults.’
      • ‘Others complain of the huge amount of paperwork and the array of agencies and government bodies they need to deal with.’
      • ‘Section 17201 does not include any references to governmental agencies or political entities.’
      • ‘In the education service the governing body of each agency is the employer of the chief executive.’
      • ‘This is the one agency and government that not only is allowed to pray, it's demanded.’
      • ‘The governmental agency that takes care of this long term arrangement is the IRD.’
      • ‘We believe the Department of Justice is the appropriate agency to look into this matter.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Prime Minister announced a separate agency to deal with WMD.’
      • ‘In urban areas not subject to traditional governing bodies, these alternative agencies often sufficed.’
      • ‘The usually secretive agency is best known for its major role in creating the Internet.’
      • ‘The confusion does not just extend to government and public agencies.’
      • ‘Ownership rights with different agencies of the Government have aggravated this neglect.’
      • ‘The company will also look to service the needs of Namibian government departments and agencies.’
      • ‘The regulatory agencies and local bodies seem to be turning a blind eye to the problem.’
      • ‘Second, we do not yet have good coordination among government agencies and regulatory bodies.’
      • ‘It draws from every Cabinet department and some independent agencies.’
      • ‘Firstly, Scottish Enterprise is a government-funded agency not a government department.’
      division, section, sector, subsection, subdivision, unit, branch, arm, wing, segment, compartment
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  • 2mass noun Action or intervention producing a particular effect.

    ‘canals carved by the agency of running water’
    • ‘Hence they are not easy to weigh up their adversarial effects which are not known by the agency of action and at the time of the action.’
    • ‘The pockets of the farmers, on the other hand, will reluctantly yield but scanty supplies, in the unwelcome shape of impositions on their houses and lands; and personal property is too precarious and invisible a fund to be laid hold of in any other way than by the imperceptible agency of taxes on consumption.’
    • ‘I may sit and may will for ever that yonder chair come to me, but without the direct agency of my body it must remain where it is.’
    • ‘Later he became strongly opposed to the theory that proglacial lakes were formed by the agency of huge glacial dams.’
    • ‘Happiness is finally restored by the agency of enchanted potions.’
    action, activity, effect, influence, force, power, work
    intervention, intercession, involvement, mediation, arbitration, interposing, instrumentality, good offices
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    1. 2.1count noun A thing or person that acts to produce a particular result.
      ‘the movies could be an agency moulding the values of the public’
      • ‘The aim was to bring the ordinary believer closer to the church, and incidentally raising its effectiveness for the tsar as an agency for controlling society.’
      • ‘The risk theory has merits that are independent of its claim to explain what it is for an agency to cause harm.’
      • ‘Natural selection is an agency of adaptive change which operates between generations.’
      • ‘Biological expertise could thus be the basis of risk prevention strategies by a variety of agencies of social control.’
      • ‘But the way it did so, through a machinic agency of chemistry and apparatus seemed to displace the human with his or her necessary ‘subjectivity.’’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin agentia, from agent- ‘doing’ (see agent).

Pronunciation

agency

/ˈeɪdʒ(ə)nsi/