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CIA

U.S. civilian espionage agency, initialism (acronym) of Central Intelligence Agency, founded 1947 as successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

updated on March 02, 2013

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Definitions of CIA from WordNet

cia (n.)
an independent agency of the United States government responsible for collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national interest; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence under the supervision of the President and National Security Council;
Synonyms: Central Intelligence Agency
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