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a·gen·cy  audio  (jn-s) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. a·gen·cies
  1. The condition of being in action; operation.
  2. The means or mode of acting; instrumentality.
  3. A business or service authorized to act for others: an employment agency.
  4. An administrative division of a government or international body.

ETYMOLOGY:
Medieval Latin agentia, from Latin agns, agent- present participle of agere, to do ; see agent


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