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Definition of agency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    agency

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈeɪdʒənsi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪdʒənsi//
     
    (pl. agencies) Marketing
     
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  1. 1  a business or an organization that provides a particular service especially on behalf of other businesses or organizations an advertising/employment agency You can book at your local travel agency. international aid agencies caring for refugees see also dating agency, news agency, press agency See related entries: Marketing
  2. 2  (especially North American English) a government department that provides a particular service the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin agentia, from agent- ‘doing’, from agere.Extra examples Details of the problem will be logged by the Help Desk staff who will then contact the appropriate agency. He found a job through an agency. He managed to find a job through an agency. I’ve signed up with a temping agency. She was hired from a temp agency. He works for an advertising agency. International aid agencies are caring for many of the refugees. the Central Intelligence AgencyIdioms (formal) as a result of the action of somebody/something He obtained his position through the agency of an old friend.
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