interest group

noun

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

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On June 21, a consumer interest group issued concerns around one of the ingredients in Beyond Meat’s production process. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Plant-based meats sound healthy, but they’re still processed foods," 1 July 2019 An authentic women’s-rights movement would not look like this, a jumbled mass of interest groups roped together. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The March for Life Is the Real March for Women," 19 Jan. 2018 For the past three decades, the N.R.A. has been one of the most influential special-interest groups in the country. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, "New Documents Raise Ethical and Billing Concerns About the N.R.A.’s Outside Counsel," 30 July 2019 Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational pot," 25 June 2019 Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. CBS News, "Illinois becomes 11th state legalize recreational marijuana," 25 June 2019 But interest groups have aggressively mounted a campaign to oust Garcia, who has never before faced significant spending against her from outside groups. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "She was a #MeToo leader. After sexual harassment accusations, she is fighting to be reelected," 29 May 2018 Among interest groups, Biden’s scores highest, too. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Warren-Sanders Match, Battle for Spotlight Among Lesser-Knowns Predicted for Tonight’s Democratic Debate," 30 July 2019 The close Senate vote, plus the opposition of powerful landlord-interest groups, may make for an uphill battle in the Assembly, said David Garcia, policy director for UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "They won the housing lottery, but still can’t find an apartment in the Bay Area. This bill could help.," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

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interest group

noun

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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