Definition of agency in English:

agency

noun

  • 1[often with adjective or noun modifier] A business or organization established to provide a particular service, typically one that involves organizing transactions between two other parties.

    [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.’
    • ‘PAs are employed by private agencies or Swindon social services and have a different role to carers.’
    • ‘Coutts last week confirmed it had come to an arrangement with advertising agency M&C Saatchi.’
    • ‘The claimants commissioned an advertising agency to produce the combined logo for them and paid for the commission.’
    • ‘With just four staff, LCa Resourcing is a relatively small player in the bustling recruitment agency business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People who need care in the home can either pay for carers from Social Services or private agencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trafford council wants to shake up its home care service and bring in a private company or voluntary agency.’
    • ‘Challenges with home help services provided by private agencies were overwhelming at times.’
    • ‘One of the primary benefits of a weblog to an ad agency is its ability to simply publish current agency thought.’
    • ‘Bea is suggesting made-up names that sound like they could have been invented by a brand manager at an advertising agency.’
    • ‘The staff in the international organisations and aid agencies are under a lot of pressure to meet targets.’
    • ‘He and his fiancée, who runs her own temporary agency business for dental nurses, wanted to move to the South Coast.’
    • ‘He has told us that they had some consultations with an advertising agency.’
    • ‘The client was an advertising agency which bought a new agency management software package.’
    • ‘Mannya was representing a private legal consulting agency at the hearing.’
    • ‘There was a crowd of advertising agency people in action, outside and in, doing a photo shoot of some new Starbucks goodie.’
    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 similar organization.
      ‘the Environmental Protection Agency’
      • ‘We believe the Department of Justice is the appropriate agency to look into this matter.’
      • ‘Firstly, Scottish Enterprise is a government-funded agency not a government department.’
      • ‘Others complain of the huge amount of paperwork and the array of agencies and government bodies they need to deal with.’
      • ‘It draws from every Cabinet department and some independent agencies.’
      • ‘The leading role in it should be taken by federal agencies of the defense sectors of industry.’
      • ‘The regulatory agencies and local bodies seem to be turning a blind eye to the problem.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Section 17201 does not include any references to governmental agencies or political entities.’
      • ‘The company will also look to service the needs of Namibian government departments and agencies.’
      • ‘The usually secretive agency is best known for its major role in creating the Internet.’
      • ‘The article then goes on to include the title of the report and the specific agency that issued it.’
      • ‘So far the executive agency of the Department of Health has said it does not divulge information about faults.’
      • ‘Now it is Iraqis and one agency alone has 150 foreign workers on its books.’
      • ‘The confusion does not just extend to government and public agencies.’
      • ‘Second, we do not yet have good coordination among government agencies and regulatory bodies.’
      • ‘This is the one agency and government that not only is allowed to pray, it's demanded.’
      • ‘In the education service the governing body of each agency is the employer of the chief executive.’
      • ‘Ownership rights with different agencies of the Government have aggravated this neglect.’
      • ‘In urban areas not subject to traditional governing bodies, these alternative agencies often sufficed.’
      division, section, sector, subsection, subdivision, unit, branch, arm, wing, segment, compartment
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  • 2Law
    The office or function of an agent.

    ‘a contract of agency’
  • 3Action or intervention, especially such as to produce a particular effect.

    ‘canals carved by the agency of running water’
    ‘a belief in various forms of supernatural agency’
    • ‘Happiness is finally restored by the agency of enchanted potions.’
    • ‘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.’
    intervention, intercession, involvement, mediation, arbitration, interposing, instrumentality, good offices
    action, activity, effect, influence, force, power, work
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    1. 3.1 A thing or person that acts to produce a particular result.
      ‘the movies could be an agency molding 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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The risk theory has merits that are independent of its claim to explain what it is for an agency to cause harm.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

agency

/ˈājənsē/