Meaning of “the CIA” in the English Dictionary

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"the CIA" in British English

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the CIAnoun [ + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌsiː.aɪˈeɪ/ us /ˌsiː.aɪˈeɪ/

Examples from literature

  • Just then a taxi from the airport pulled up outside police headquarters, and the CIA official was ushered into Slater's office. 
  • When he saw his own country threatened by the forces of dictatorship, he had secretly offered his services to the CIA against the rebels. 

(Definition of “the CIA” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"CIA" in American English

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abbreviation for Central Intelligence Agency (= the US government organization that collects information about other countries and decides the importance of that information)

(Definition of “CIA” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)