interest group


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

Examples of interest group in a Sentence

agricultural interest groups are adamantly opposed to the bill
Recent Examples on the Web The show is also planning theme weeks around holidays such as Halloween and interest groups such as veterans and teachers. William Earl, Variety, 19 Sep. 2023 Some of the amendment’s supporters claimed the goal was to stop out-of-state interest groups from rewriting Ohio’s constitution, but others were not subtle about the amendment’s true purpose. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 In a statement issued after Smith's filing on Friday, the Trump campaign said the post was aimed at political interest groups. Katherine Faulders, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2023 Emergent said that prices would be lower for bulk sales to public interest groups and state health departments, which will in turn distribute Narcan to local outreach organizations and clinics. Noah Weiland, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 Despite coming together for a photo opportunity that day, Newsom’s approach isn’t endearing him to interest groups or his Democratic colleagues. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2023 Initially, the black patches speckling the desert surface didn’t interest group leader Burkhard Büdel, a veteran biologist who had spent the last several decades scraping deserts on all seven continents for signs of life. Zack Savitsky, Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2023 Here’s the lead question for the GOP: Will conservative interest groups and outraged constituents begin to light up the phones at the Capitol, tearing into middle of the road Republicans for supporting the plan? Chad Pergram, Fox News, 30 May 2023 The turnaround on the Wisconsin court is the result of an April election that became the most expensive judicial race in U.S. history, with campaigns and interest groups spending more than $50 million. Patrick Marley, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interest group was in 1908

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“Interest group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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