agency

agency
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1640 1. a. the office or function of an agent b. the relationship between a principal and that person's agent 2. the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power ; operation 3. a person or thing through which power is exerted or an end is achieved ; instrumentality <
communicated through the agency of the ambassador
>
4. an establishment engaged in doing business for another <
an advertising agency
>
5. an administrative division (as of a government) <
the agency for consumer protection
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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