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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
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