Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “agency”

agency

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈeɪdʒənsi/ (plural agencies)
COMMERCE a business that provides a service to other people or organizations: Background checks may be done in-house or by an outside agency. She now runs an agency which last year catered for more than 17,000 travellers.
GOVERNMENT a government department that is responsible for a particular activity: Scottish Natural Heritage, the conservation agency, has finally managed to get approval for the project.security/intelligence/immigration, etc. agency In a lengthy response to the report, the immigration agency stated that it will follow the recommendations. a government/federal/state agency → See also ad agency, advertising agency, aid agency, collection agency, commercial agency, employment agency, estate agency, credit rating agency, real estate agency, recruitment agency, staff agency, travel agency
(Definition of agency from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of agency?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “agency” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More