a·gen·cy n.; pl. Agencies
1. The faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality.
The superintendence and agency of Providence in the natural world. --Woodward.
2. The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another.
3. The place of business of an agent.
Syn: -- Action; operation; efficiency; management.
n 1: an administrative unit of government; "the Central
Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of
Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
[syn: federal agency, government agency, bureau, office,
2: a business that serves other businesses
3: the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency
of providence"; "she has free agency"
4: the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate
or agent [syn: representation, delegacy]
5: how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of
control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction";
"the true way to success" [syn: means, way]