1650s, "active operation," from Medieval Latin agentia, noun of state from Latin agentem (nominative agens) "effective, powerful," present participle of agere (see act (n.)). Meaning "establishment where business is done for another" first recorded 1861.
1. The agency was heavily criticised for its tardy response to the hurricane.
2. The advertising agency rang up 1.4 billion dollars in yearly sales.
3. The agency should reduce turnaround time by 11 per cent.
4. His function is vital to the accomplishment of the agency's mission.
5. They traced the van to a New Jersey car rental agency.