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Noun agency has 5 senses
  1. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority - an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
    --1 is a kind of administrative unit, administrative body
    --1 has particulars:
     Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL; Army High Performance Computing Research Center, AHPCRC; Naval Research Laboratory, NRL; United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, USACIL; executive agency; Food and Drug Administration, FDA; Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC; Counterterrorist Center, CTC; Nonproliferation Center, NPC; Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA; National Climatic Data Center, NCDC; National Weather Service; Technology Administration; National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST; National Technical Information Service, NTIS; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA; Department of Defense Laboratory System, LABLINK; Department of Energy Intelligence, DOEI; United States Public Health Service, PHS; National Institutes of Health, NIH; Bureau of Justice Assistance, BJA; Bureau of Justice Statistics, BJS; Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS; United States Border Patrol, US Border Patrol; Bureau of Diplomatic Security, DS; Foreign Service; Bureau of Intelligence and Research, INR; United States Fish and Wildlife Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, FWS; National Park Service; Financial Management Service; Office of Intelligence Support, OIS; Comptroller of the Currency; Bureau of Customs, Customs Bureau, Customs Service, USCB; Bureau of Engraving and Printing; Internal Revenue Service, IRS; Federal Aviation Agency, FAA; Transportation Safety Administration, TSA; Government Accounting Office, GAO, United States Government Accounting Office; United States Coast Guard, U. S. Coast Guard, US Coast Guard; Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, NAWCWPNS; Naval Special Warfare, NSW; Naval Surface Warfare Center, NSWC; Naval Underwater Warfare Center, NUWC; Office of Naval Intelligence, ONI; Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, MCIA; Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Air Force ISR, AFISR; independent agency; Advanced Research and Development Activity, ARDA; Defense Logistics Agency; Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, DRMS; Defense Technical Information Center, DTIC; law enforcement agency; Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA; organ; Patent and Trademark Office Database, Patent Office; United States Government Printing Office, US Government Printing Office, Government Printing Office, GPO; National Guard Bureau, NGB; Army Intelligence, AI; Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, BMDO; Defense Information Systems Agency, DISA; National Imagery and Mapping Agency, NIMA; Casualty Care Research Center, CCRC; Federal Housing Administration, FHA; local authority
  2. agency - a business that serves other businesses
    --2 is a kind of
    business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation
    --2 has particulars:
     advertising agency, ad agency; credit bureau; detective agency; employment agency, employment office; mercantile agency, commercial agency; news agency, press agency, wire service, press association, news organization, news organisation; service agency, service bureau, service firm; travel agency; transfer agent
  3. agency - the state of being in action or exerting power; "the agency of providence"; "she has free agency"
    --3 is a kind of
    action, activity, activeness
    --3 has particulars: Frankenstein
  4. representation, delegacy, agency - the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
    --4 is a kind of state
    --4 has particulars: free agency; legal representation; virus
  5. means, agency, way - 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"
    --5 is a kind of implementation, effectuation
    --5 has particulars:
     dint; escape; fast track; instrument, tool; road; stepping stone; expedient; desperate measure; open sesame; salvation; tooth; voice; wings
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