interest group


Definition of interest group

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

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Examples of interest group in a Sentence

agricultural interest groups are adamantly opposed to the bill
Recent Examples on the Web Beverly Goode, 87, an administrative manager in the government affairs section of the National Education Association who retired in 1994 after 32 years with the teachers union and special- interest group, died Dec. 2 at a hospital in Bethesda. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 31 Dec. 2019 Many interest groups are available including Bunco, Tea Time, Hand Knee and Foot, Shooting Club, Scrabble ‘N Babble, Artsy Smartsy, Movie Group, Mah Jongg, Lunch ‘N Look, Supper Club, Game Day, Mexican Train, Reader’s Choice and Bridge. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Family-friendly events to attend in the Lake Houston area this month," 11 Dec. 2019 Gas tax proponents, including business interest groups, point out that Alabama’s overall tax burden will continue to be one of the lowest in the U.S. al, "How the new 6 cent gas tax increase will affect Alabama," 25 Aug. 2019 With the first public hearing set for next week, interest groups are blasting away from all sides. Rachel Swan,, "Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?," 6 Dec. 2019 The statement came after the Office of Management and Budget cancelled meetings with interest groups. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "White House vaping meeting back on: Donald Trump calls industry CEOs and advocates to DC," 20 Nov. 2019 The commission and staff are holding several meetings a week with different interest groups, drafting rules and sponsoring public hearings. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Six months after Colorado’s sweeping oil and gas law took effect, fight over path forward hasn’t faded," 24 Oct. 2019 Some of the strongest interest groups in Florida are Realtors, developers, the Apartment Association and homeowners. Caroline Glenn,, "With Orlando rents averaging $1,217, lawmakers renew push for rent control and tenant protections," 8 Oct. 2019 Payday loans are a common type of predatory loan: About 12 million Americans take them out every year, says Alex Horowitz, a senior research officer with the nonprofit public interest group Pew Charitable Trusts. Washington Post, "5 Signs an Online Loan Is a Debt Trap," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interest group was in 1908

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17 Jan 2020

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“Interest group.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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

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to assert without proof or before proving

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