Commentary: An organization, either public or private, that exists to serve other people or organizations.
John has started working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The bestselling novelist was represented by a top-notch literary agency.
The insurance agencies aren't supportive of my smoking habit.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 2
Commentary: AGENCY[+event] The quality of being able to act or influence events.
The baseball player's period of free agency ended last summer.
We sinful humans only survive through divine agency.
John's agency to command others ended after his retirement.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: AGENCY[+event] The quality of working for, or representing, some entity. Stative form of 'agent', as someone who works for somebody else.
I'm working under the agency of Mr. Smith.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4
Commentary: How a result is obtained or an end is achieved.
Giving examples is the best agency of instruction.
A violent revolution is the only agency of change!
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)