Hypertext Webster Gateway: "agency"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Agency \A"gen*cy\, n.; pl. {Agencies}. [agentia, fr. L. agens,
agentis: cf. F. agence. See {Agent}.]
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 am agent.

Syn: Action; operation; efficiency; management.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]

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