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Meaning of agency

a•gen•cy

Pronunciation: (ā'jun-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  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. See
  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 power; operation: the agency of Providence.
  10. a means of exerting power or influence; instrumentality: nominated by the agency of friends.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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