Definition of intelligence agency in US English:

intelligence agency


  • A government department involved in the gathering of military or political information, especially in the interests of national security.

    ‘British intelligence agencies have been working around the clock to identify the man’
    • ‘There is a concern that the intelligence agencies were inefficient and obviously unable to predict when the attacks were going to occur.’
    • ‘The police and intelligence agencies are under great pressure to show that they are doing something about the terrorism.’
    • ‘There is disagreement among intelligence agencies about whether the country already has nuclear armed missiles.’
    • ‘U.S. anti-terrorism laws compel any company located there to give intelligence agencies access to customer data if they ask for it.’
    • ‘The NGA serves as a military support agency under the Department of Defense and as an intelligence agency.’
    • ‘The report from the station chief reached intelligence agencies in Washington the next day, intelligence officials said.’
    • ‘He also said, while in London, that he met with the British Intelligence Agency, M-16.’
    • ‘Russia's main intelligence agency said it had found no evidence of terrorism in initial investigations at the crash sites.’
    • ‘She has pledged to assist intelligence agencies of foreign governments in bringing the perpetrators to justice.’
    • ‘He is considered by Western intelligence agencies as the most dangerous active terrorist today.’