lobby

noun
lob·​by | \ ˈlä-bē How to pronounce lobby (audio) \
plural lobbies

Definition of lobby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a corridor or hall connected with a larger room or series of rooms and used as a passageway or waiting room: such as
a : an anteroom of a legislative chamber especially : one of two anterooms of a British parliamentary chamber to which members go to vote during a division
b : a large hall serving as a foyer (as of a hotel or theater)
2 : a group of persons engaged in lobbying especially as representatives of a particular interest group the gun lobby the oil lobby

lobby

verb
lobbied; lobbying

Definition of lobby (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation

transitive verb

1 : to promote (something, such as a project) or secure the passage of (legislation) by influencing public officials lobby a bill through Congress
2 : to attempt to influence or sway (someone, such as a public official) toward a desired action lobbying senators for tax reform

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Other Words from lobby

Verb

lobbyer noun
lobbyism \ ˈlä-​bē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce lobbyism (audio) \ noun
lobbyist \ ˈlä-​bē-​ist How to pronounce lobbyist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for lobby

Synonyms: Noun

foyer, hall

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Examples of lobby in a Sentence

Noun

I'll meet you in the lobby after the show. The proposed new law is supported by the oil lobby.

Verb

an organization that has been lobbying for reform of the tax laws The health-care industry has lobbied against the proposal. an organization that has been lobbying Congress for reform of the tax laws a player who has lobbied hard to be included in the team's starting lineup I lobbied our company for a new computer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hadley famously oversaw a renovation of the Neighborhood House's lobby in the 1970s and led a group in painting wastebaskets to sell at the House's annual Christmas bazaar. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 The developers commissioned a book on his life and an exhibit of his work in the building’s lobby. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Developers Dust Off the Cobwebs—Again—From Architect’s Faded Legacy," 18 Apr. 2019 President Reagan famously declared open war on solar energy, and was determined to reverse as many environment regulations as possible in service of the drilling and mining lobbies. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 In the lobby, where soaring columns of gilt plasterwork are enough to please the eyes, guests will find a work by Timothy Paul Myers. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hotel as Patron of the Arts? In Hong Kong, the Peninsula Takes the Trend to the Next Level," 9 Apr. 2019 People say ghosts from different eras appear in the hallways or lobby, as well as one lonely dancer who spends some nights swaying under the ballroom’s crystal chandelier. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Jog with the Journeyman Running Club: The group meets 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in The Journeyman lobby, followed by a 3 to 5 mile run in the surrounding Third Ward, to the lakefront and back. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 11 July 2018 The committee lobbies for state and national right-to-work policies. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Could Missouri's right-to-work vote be a 'turnaround' for labor? Unions hope so.," 10 July 2018 The building itself offers a boutique-style lobby, an onsite restaurant with outdoor dining, rooftop pool and a fitness center with an outdoor yoga patio. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Durant lost control of the ball and Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn — standing just a couple feet from referee Jason Goldenberg — was among those immediately lobbying for a violation to be called. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game," 11 Feb. 2019 Once higher pay and spending are in place, the union will then lean on the politicians to lobby for another tax increase via referendum in 2020. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Unions in La-La Land," 14 Jan. 2019 The case has highlighted Trump's willingness to lobby for specific outcomes of federal criminal investigations and to suggest a coverup by his own Department of Justice. Shawn Boburg And Spencer S. Hsu, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-congressional IT staffer reaches plea deal that debunks conspiracy theories promoted by Trump, conservative media," 3 July 2018 Nick Williams appears to have found a more effective way to lobby Phillies manager Gabe Kapler for additional playing time. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Nick Williams continues to make most of playing time with Phillies," 14 June 2018 Malcolm Jenkins visited Congress to lobby for criminal-justice reform; Chris Long donated his entire year’s salary to charity. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 2018 The latter occurred largely because of banks lobbying for the best possible rule—something that cannot be avoided. Norbert J. Michel, Fortune, "It’s Time to Just Kill the Volcker Rule," 4 June 2018 The last driver to win back-to-back Indianapolis 500s wants back in and wasn't afraid to openly lobby team owner Roger Penske for another shot at the Borg-Warner trophy. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Helio Castroneves wants another opportunity after Indy 500 crash," 27 May 2018 Robbins works at the lobbying firm owned by Steve Tilley, a former House speaker who is also registered to lobby for Sterling Bank. Jason Hancock, Steve Vockrodt And Lindsay Wise, kansascity, "Greitens’ lawyers want House to subpoena bank tied to low-income housing developers | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of lobby

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1820, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for lobby

Noun

Medieval Latin lobium gallery, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German louba porch

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lobby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lobby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building (such as a hotel or theater)
: an organized group of people who work together to influence government decisions that relate to a particular industry, issue, etc.

lobby

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lobby (Entry 2 of 2)

: to try to influence government officials to make decisions for or against something
: to try to get something you want by talking to the people who make decisions

lobby

noun
lob·​by | \ ˈlä-bē How to pronounce lobby (audio) \
plural lobbies

Kids Definition of lobby

: a hall or entry especially when large enough to serve as a waiting room a hotel lobby

lobby

noun
lob·​by
plural lobbies

Legal Definition of lobby

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of persons engaged in lobbying especially as representatives of a particular interest group

lobby

verb
lobbied; lobbying

Legal Definition of lobby (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation

transitive verb

: to attempt to influence or sway (as a public official) toward a desired action

Other Words from lobby

lobbyer noun
lobbyist noun

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