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.

    as modifier ‘an advertising agency’
    ‘aid agencies’
    • ‘Victims of domestic violence do not necessarily have to go through the police to access the services of concerned agencies.’
    • ‘Trafford council wants to shake up its home care service and bring in a private company or voluntary agency.’
    • ‘He has told us that they had some consultations with an advertising agency.’
    • ‘He and his fiancée, who runs her own temporary agency business for dental nurses, wanted to move to the South Coast.’
    • ‘The claimants commissioned an advertising agency to produce the combined logo for them and paid for the commission.’
    • ‘There was a crowd of advertising agency people in action, outside and in, doing a photo shoot of some new Starbucks goodie.’
    • ‘The staff in the international organisations and aid agencies are under a lot of pressure to meet targets.’
    • ‘The event has been organised by marketing agency Food from Britain, in conjunction with Selfridge's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With just four staff, LCa Resourcing is a relatively small player in the bustling recruitment agency business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘BlogAds is an online agency that allows businesses to buy advertising space on blogs.’
    • ‘People who need care in the home can either pay for carers from Social Services or private agencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the primary benefits of a weblog to an ad agency is its ability to simply publish current agency thought.’
    • ‘Mannya was representing a private legal consulting agency at the hearing.’
    • ‘PAs are employed by private agencies or Swindon social services and have a different role to carers.’
    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’
      • ‘Ownership rights with different agencies of the Government have aggravated this neglect.’
      • ‘This is the one agency and government that not only is allowed to pray, it's demanded.’
      • ‘Second, we do not yet have good coordination among government agencies and regulatory bodies.’
      • ‘The usually secretive agency is best known for its major role in creating the Internet.’
      • ‘The leading role in it should be taken by federal agencies of the defense sectors of industry.’
      • ‘It draws from every Cabinet department and some independent agencies.’
      • ‘In the education service the governing body of each agency is the employer of the chief executive.’
      • ‘The governmental agency that takes care of this long term arrangement is the IRD.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Prime Minister announced a separate agency to deal with WMD.’
      • ‘The article then goes on to include the title of the report and the specific agency that issued it.’
      • ‘The confusion does not just extend to government and public agencies.’
      • ‘In urban areas not subject to traditional governing bodies, these alternative agencies often sufficed.’
      • ‘Others complain of the huge amount of paperwork and the array of agencies and government bodies they need to deal with.’
      • ‘So far the executive agency of the Department of Health has said it does not divulge information about faults.’
      • ‘The regulatory agencies and local bodies seem to be turning a blind eye to the problem.’
      • ‘Firstly, Scottish Enterprise is a government-funded agency not a government department.’
      • ‘Now it is Iraqis and one agency alone has 150 foreign workers on its books.’
      • ‘The company will also look to service the needs of Namibian government departments and agencies.’
      • ‘We believe the Department of Justice is the appropriate agency to look into this matter.’
      • ‘Section 17201 does not include any references to governmental agencies or political entities.’
      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’
    • ‘Later he became strongly opposed to the theory that proglacial lakes were formed by the agency of huge glacial dams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Happiness is finally restored by the agency of enchanted potions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘Biological expertise could thus be the basis of risk prevention strategies by a variety of agencies of social control.’
      • ‘Natural selection is an agency of adaptive change which operates between generations.’
      • ‘The risk theory has merits that are independent of its claim to explain what it is for an agency to cause harm.’
      • ‘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/