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agency

a·gen·cy

agency

 
pronunciation:
eI jn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: agencies
definition 1: a company or organization that does business in support of other companies or people.
There is a large job agency that supplies workers for several companies in the area.The job agency also helps people find work.
synonyms:
business, company, corporation, firm, institution, organization
similar words:
bureau, concern, house
definition 2: an agent's place of business.
Our insurance agent works at this agency.
synonyms:
office
similar words:
house
definition 3: a government department that manages laws and rules.
The hospital has to follow the rules set up by the national health agency.
synonyms:
bureau, department
similar words:
institution, organization
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The word agency contains the following parts:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.