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agency

noun uk   us   /ˈeɪ.dʒən.si/

agency noun (ORGANIZATION)

B1 [C] a business that represents one group of people when dealing with another group: an advertising/employment/estate/travel agencyC1 [C] a government organization: an overseas aid agency the Central Intelligence Agency
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agency noun (ACTIONS)

through the agency of sb formal because of the actions of someone: She was freed from prison through the agency of her doctor.
Translations of “agency”
in Korean 대행사…
in Arabic وِكالة…
in Portuguese agência…
in Catalan agència…
in Japanese 代理店…
in Italian agenzia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機構, 代理機構, 政府專門機構…
in Russian агентство…
in Turkish ajans, hizmet sağlayan bir iş, büro…
in Chinese (Simplified) 机构, 代理机构, 政府专门机构…
in Polish agencja, biuro, urząd…
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