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agency (state)

Definition:

the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Related to:

agent

Plural:

agencies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"active operation", from Medieval Latin agentia, noun of state from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of agency...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural] | delegation (sense 1), delegation [less common, sense-specific]

a less common word for "delegation (sense 1), delegation" [sense-specific] | an elected standing committee at some British universities | a department ... (20 of 263 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/delegacy

Merriam-Webster:

delegacy | delegacies [plural] | board [synonym, sense-specific] | contingent [synonym, sense-specific] | delegation [synonym, sense-specific] | embassy [similar, sense-specific] | legation [similar, sense-specific] | mission [similar, sense-specific] | band [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a body of delegates; "board" | the act of delegating ; appointment as delegate (13 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/delegacy

Oxford Dictionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural]

Syllabification: (del·e·ga·cy) | [singular, plural] | a body of delegates; a committee or delegation. | an appointment as a delegate. (17 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/delegacy

delegacy [singular, plural] | delegacies [plural]

a body of delegates; a committee or delegation (8 of 46 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/delegacy

Random House Dictionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural]

the position or commission of a delegate. | the appointing or sending of a delegate. | a body of delegates; delegation. | (at Oxford University) a ... (23 of 40 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/delegacy

American Heritage Dictionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural]

The act of delegating or state of being delegated. | The authority, office, or position of a delegate. | A body of delegates; a delegation. (23 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/delegacy

New World Dictionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural]

a delegating or being delegated | a delegation (7 of 13 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/delegacy

Wiktionary:

delegacy | delegacies [plural]

The position or state of being a delegate. | A collection of delegates. (12 of 13 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/delegacy

Britannica Encyclopedia:

agency [law]

in law, the relationship that exists when one person or party engages another to act for him--e.g., to do his work, to sell his goods, to manage his ... (29 of 1005 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/8976​/agency

Wikipedia:

Agency [disambiguation]

may refer to: Agency (country subdivision) | Agency (grammar), the cause or initiator of an event. | Agency (law), refers to a person who acts on behalf of another person. | Agency (LDS Church) | Agency (philosophy), relating to action theory ... (37 of 247 words, 23 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Agency

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agency [countable] | agencies [plural] | by/through the agency of

a business that provides a service for people or companies, especially by giving them information or making arrangements | a government department, or ... (22 of 108 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agency

Cambridge Dictionary:

agency [entry 1]

a business which represents one group of people when dealing with another group | a government organization (16 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agency 1

agency [entry 2, formal] | through the agency of someone

because of the actions of someone (6 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agency 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:

representation | proportional representation

in government, the term used to designate the means by which a whole population may participate in governing through the device of having a much ... (25 of 325 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0841558​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

an organization, especially a company, that acts as the agent, representative, or subcontractor of a person or another company | an administrative ... (21 of 128 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584133​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

agency

First use: 1650s

Origin: "active operation", from Medieval Latin agentia, noun of state from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful", ... (17 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=agency

Wiktionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agens (present participle of agere ("to act")), agentis (cognate with French agence, see also agent).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agency

American Heritage Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agēns, agent-, present participle of agere, to do; see "agent".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agency

Collins Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agere to do

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agency

Oxford Dictionary:

agency

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: medieval Latin agentia, from agent- "doing" (see "agent")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/agency

New World Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin agentia from present participle of Latin agere, "act"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agency

Encarta Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: medieval Latin agentia from Latin agent-

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584133​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agency"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agency

Collins Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agency"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agency

Macmillan American Dictionary:

agency [countable] | agencies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agency"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/agency

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agency [countable] | agencies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "agency"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agency

Cambridge Dictionary:

agency [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "agency"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "agency"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agency 1

the Free Dictionary:

agency

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "agency"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "agency"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "agency" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/agency

Google Dictionary:

agency | agencies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "agency"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

agency

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agency"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=agency​01 word=agency

YourDictionary Audio:

agency

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agency" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agency

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