interest group


Definition of interest group

: a group of persons having a common identifying interest that often provides a basis for action

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of interest group in a Sentence

agricultural interest groups are adamantly opposed to the bill

Recent Examples on the Web

As the Senate moved toward this week’s cloture vote, Democrats, liberal interest groups and their media allies wrapped a full opposition campaign to Kobes around this ABA assessment. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The ABA Strikes Back," 29 Nov. 2018 In each state, support for the climate side comes from underfunded citizen and public-interest groups — and for the most part, only the ones inside the state. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 James Felton Keith, a Democrat who dropped his challenge to Representative Adriano Espaillat in the spring, said in a phone interview that special-interest groups and advocates have done a good job at trying to rally voters to the polls. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "Only in New York: Where Primary Day Comes Twice a Year," 25 June 2018 Still, the upcoming battle over Kennedy’s replacement is certain to be one of the most intense ever, with conservative and liberal interest groups poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Justice Kennedy to retire, opening Supreme Court seat," 27 June 2018 Before finalizing proposed regulations, federal agencies typically provide a comment period during which individuals and interest groups can share their opinions. Noam N. Levey,, "Trump's new insurance rules are panned by nearly every healthcare group that submitted formal comments," 30 May 2018 Later this week, a three-judge panel will hear legal requests from Cooper and from interest groups that sued to get four questions off the ballots. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments," 13 Aug. 2018 An Ohio voter and two interest groups said the procedure violates the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, more commonly known as the Motor Voter law. Greg Stohr,, "U.S. Supreme Court Backs States’ Voter-Purge Efforts," 11 June 2018 Builders may face delays in getting government permits, finding contractors and workers amid the hot demand or parrying special-interest groups that oppose construction. Natalie Wong,, "That Gorgeous Toronto Condo You Signed Up For? They Just Scrapped It," 19 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interest group.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about interest group

Statistics for interest group

Last Updated

6 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for interest group

The first known use of interest group was in 1908

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for interest group

interest group


English Language Learners Definition of interest group

: a group of people who try to influence politics or the policies of government, business, etc., in a way that helps their own interests

More from Merriam-Webster on interest group

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for interest group Encyclopedia article about interest group

Comments on interest group

What made you want to look up interest group? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!