Adjective "agency" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A business or organization providing a particular service on behalf of another business, person, or group.
  1. 'aid agencies'
  2. 'Trafford council wants to shake up its home care service and bring in a private company or voluntary agency.'
  3. 'He and his fiancée, who runs her own temporary agency business for dental nurses, wanted to move to the South Coast.'
  4. 'There was a crowd of advertising agency people in action, outside and in, doing a photo shoot of some new Starbucks goodie.'
  5. 'The event has been organised by marketing agency Food from Britain, in conjunction with Selfridge's.'
  6. 'Coutts last week confirmed it had come to an arrangement with advertising agency M&C Saatchi.'
  7. 'The client was an advertising agency which bought a new agency management software package.'
  8. 'BlogAds is an online agency that allows businesses to buy advertising space on blogs.'
  9. 'Challenges with home help services provided by private agencies were overwhelming at times.'
  10. 'One of the primary benefits of a weblog to an ad agency is its ability to simply publish current agency thought.'
  11. 'PAs are employed by private agencies or Swindon social services and have a different role to carers.'
  12. 'Ownership rights with different agencies of the Government have aggravated this neglect.'
  13. 'Second, we do not yet have good coordination among government agencies and regulatory bodies.'
  14. 'The leading role in it should be taken by federal agencies of the defense sectors of industry.'
  15. 'In the education service the governing body of each agency is the employer of the chief executive.'
  16. 'Meanwhile, the Prime Minister announced a separate agency to deal with WMD.'
  17. 'The confusion does not just extend to government and public agencies.'
  18. 'Others complain of the huge amount of paperwork and the array of agencies and government bodies they need to deal with.'
  19. 'The regulatory agencies and local bodies seem to be turning a blind eye to the problem.'
  20. 'Now it is Iraqis and one agency alone has 150 foreign workers on its books.'
  21. 'We believe the Department of Justice is the appropriate agency to look into this matter.'
Action or intervention producing a particular effect.
  1. 'Later he became strongly opposed to the theory that proglacial lakes were formed by the agency of huge glacial dams.'
  2. 'Happiness is finally restored by the agency of enchanted potions.'
  3. '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.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Natural selection is an agency of adaptive change which operates between generations.'
  6. '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.’'

More definitions

1. an organization, company, or bureau that provides some service for another: a welfare agency.

2. a company having a franchise to represent another.

3. a governmental bureau, or an office that represents it.

4. the place of business of an agent.

5. Indian agency.

6. an administrative division of a government.

7. the duty or function of an agent.

8. the relationship between a principal and his or her agent. 9. the state of being in action or of exerting po

More examples(as adjective)

"roles can be agency."

"capacities can be agency."

"arrangements can be agency."

"vessels can be agency."

"staffs can be agency."

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