agency

Definitions

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    Another letter connecting Gissibl with a German propaganda agency
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n agency 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"
    • n agency a business that serves other businesses
    • n agency an administrative unit of government "the Central Intelligence Agency","the Census Bureau","Office of Management and Budget","Tennessee Valley Authority"
    • n agency the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
    • n agency the state of being in action or exerting power "the agency of providence","she has free agency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
    • agency 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."
    • agency The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another.
    • agency The place of business of am agent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin
    • n agency The state of being in action or of exerting power; action; operation; instrumentality.
    • n agency A mode of exerting power; a means of producing effects.
    • n agency The office of agent or factor; the business of an agent intrusted with the concerns of another: as, the principal pays the charges of agency.
    • n agency The place of business of an agent. In the United States, frequently used in the sense of an Indian agency, an office or settlement in or near the reservation of an Indian tribe, at which resides an Indian agent of the government, charged with the interests of the tribe and the care of the relations of the government to it: as, the Pawnee agency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Forty-six US federal agencies have officers with the authority to carry firearms and arrest people.
    • n Agency the office or business, operation or action, of an agent; instrumentality
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.”
  • Morris Hite
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    “No agency is better than its account executives.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
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    “Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies.”
  • Patrick Buchanan
    Patrick Buchanan
    “Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis,: cf. F. agence,. See Agent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agĕre, to do. See Act.

Usage

In literature:

Now, beside this original agency we have its offshoots, politics, education, legislation, the penal art.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
In these days of keen and unremitting competition, neither agency can stand alone for long.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Sol Kinney sauntered into the agency store one evening.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
In the private office of the "Mercantile Agency" the fat man would sit at his desk and listen attentively to the words of his visitor.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
What shall be done with an agency so fierce and absorbing as this?
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
It's a sure thing that no man with a conscience wants to get into the land agency business.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
One of the most important educational agencies of the rural community is the oft-derided weekly newspaper.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
We have too much faith in Mr. Boyne and his agency for that.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
The primitive philosophy of animism involves the ascription of all phenomena to personal agencies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Here were located a British garrison and a British Indian agency.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
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In poetry:

Power, gold, and wealth are agencies
Placed in a creature's hand
To serve an end, but not to rule,--
Obey, but not command.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Than they who see blue lightnings beam
Can ere forget, though fair they seem,
That danger lurks in every gleam,
And death's appalling agency.
"Lines On The Place De La Concorde At Paris," by Amelia Opie
Than they who see blue lightnings beam
Can ere forget, though fair they seem,
That danger lurks in every gleam,
And death's appalling agency.
"On the Place de la Concorde" by Amelia Opie
There is a cliff, no matter where,
Which softened by the agencies
Of rain, exposure to the air,
And alternating thaw and freeze,
Most readily admits the edge
Of chisel, or the sharpened wedge.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Breathtaking arrogance was demonstrated by Environmental Protection Agency officials last week during a congressional hearing on one of the agency's most outrageous abuses of power.
ÂBob Ammons of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency stands alongside some of the more than 50,000 bottles of water the agency has in storage.
The Protector Group Insurance Agency Inc in Worcester, one of New England's largest independent insurance agencies, has announced the following promotions.
Does Social Media Make All Creative Agencies PR Agencies.
Chime Communications, the group behind ad agency VCCP and sports marketing agency Fast Track, has appointed Lord Davies of Abersoch as its new chairman.
The Environmental Protection Agency along with The US Drug Enforcement Agency sponsored the day to help Americans get rid of unwanted or unused prescription and over- the-counter drugs.
Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R has invited three digital and tech start-ups to take up temporary residence in the agency in return for collaboration on projects across the agency's accounts.
A developer accused of disturbing wetlands is asking Adirondack Park Agency enforcement actions against him to be thrown out, claiming the agency is working behind the scenes with environmental interest groups.
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is introducing legislation this week to consolidate the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single agency.
And reduced appropriations for other agencies, including the county's agricultural economic development program, Industrial Development Agency and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Prior to moving into the regional role, Coulson served serving as executive creative director of GPY&R Melbourne for four years and under his creative leadership, the agency was the most-awarded Australian Agency at Cannes this year.
Also, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency are close to allowing inspections of key Iranian sites, according to UN nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano.
Oklahoma Farm Service Agency Executive Director Francie Tolle announced that Farm Service Agency will issue Conservation Reserve Program and Direct and Counter-cyclical Program payments during the first few weeks of October.
LAKE TAHOE — Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said Friday he would support rescinding an effort to remove Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency if the agency passes an update to its regional plan next week.
The Sunset Advisory Commission is an independent state agency that periodically reviews other state agencies to determine whether those agencies should remain in existence.
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In science:

Douari would like to thank the Max-Planck-Institut f¨ur Physik Komplexer Systeme for link hospitality during the stage in which one part of this paper was done and the International Atomic Energy Agency and UNESCO for hospitality at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.
Fractional Supersymmetry through Generalized Anyonic algebra
The authors are grateful to the Brazilian agencies FAPERJ and CNPq for financial supports.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
The pre-heating controversy devolves on a choice between internal supernova heating during galaxy group formation and external (universal) heating by AGN or some other agency at an early time.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
In addition to gas dynamical concerns, the agency that heats the gas is unclear.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Affiliated to the Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department of the European Space Agency.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
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