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 lobby (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for lobby

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The guards moved to safety and Whitaker walked inside the lobby and lay on the floor where he was cuffed, federal court records say. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas man accused of trying to break into federal prison prepares for trial," 15 Feb. 2021 Ever dreamed of living in a swanky Manhattan building with an elegant lobby and a concierge on call? Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "$1M unit in swanky Minneapolis co-op is 'like living on the Upper East Side'," 15 Feb. 2021 Decked out with a lavish marble lobby, it was built with the intention of being a comfortable and polished spot for business travelers and Hollywood tourists to enjoy. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Timeline of the Cecil Hotel's Dark History," 13 Feb. 2021 As the morning bell rings, one of my Grade 3 students would enter the school lobby holding his younger brother’s hand. New York Times, "Witnessing Kindness and Love in Unexpected Places," 13 Feb. 2021 One day medical historians will curate hospital lobby exhibits of these paper and cloth artifacts. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "65 creative ways to reuse a face mask," 11 Feb. 2021 So as downtown began to empty out around the late 1930s, Hotel Cecil's 700 rooms (yeas, 700!) did too, and the lobby's elaborate, opulent materials went from shiny to dull. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The True and Tragic Stories Beyond Hotel Cecil's Violent Fall From Grace," 10 Feb. 2021 Another key search is for a guest services manager, the person who will run the lobby area. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Four Seasons New Orleans sets out to hire hundreds in a rare bit of positive hospitality news," 9 Feb. 2021 On its own, The Fairmount Hotel is a stylish step back to another age, from the valet service out front to the lobby bar to the restaurants that occupy the ground floor: the Italian charmer Nonna Osteria and the full-bore steakhouse Silo Prime. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 great surf-and-turf, steak and lobster combos at San Antonio restaurants for Valentine's Day: Rebelle, Silo Prime, Bohanan's, J-Prime, Signature," 4 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb President Donald Trump and his allies have continued to lobby Pennsylvania officials on its failed election cases in the commonwealth, going so far as to try and stop the state’s certification of the election results. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Politics updates: Trump reached out to PA House speaker over election," 9 Dec. 2020 Separately, a court filing revealed this past week that he had been charged with conspiring to improperly lobby administration officials on behalf of a foreign client. Grace Ashford, New York Times, "The Swamp That Trump Built," 10 Oct. 2020 Separately, a court filing revealed this past week that he had been charged with conspiring to improperly lobby administration officials on behalf of a foreign client. Nicholas Confessore, Star Tribune, "The swamp that Trump built: How the president reinvented D.C.'s culture of favor-seeking," 10 Oct. 2020 Godinez has even gone to Capitol Hill five times to lobby for TPS-holders. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Once maligned, immigrants deemed the pandemic’s ‘essential workers’ may find a citizenship path," 27 Jan. 2021 The Independent Restaurant Coalition, which was created this year to lobby for the segment of the dining community hit hardest by the pandemic, was equally unimpressed with the provisions in the new stimulus bill. Washington Post, "Stimulus bill will help restaurants, but critics say it won’t save them from the pandemic’s effects," 21 Dec. 2020 Claus then went on a 50-state tour, visiting state legislatures and officials to lobby for money and policy changes toward child welfare. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "In North Pole, Alaska, Santa Claus is a bastion of blue on a city council as red as Rudolph’s nose," 6 Dec. 2020 The families have created foundations to lobby for police reform, racial equality and investment in Black and brown neighborhoods and provide a support system for each other. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "Housing the homeless, feeding school children: How Black families devastated by police violence are fighting to end racism," 6 Oct. 2020 Slifka even reached out to 12 members of the Oregon House of Representatives who hail from districts that include small colleges to lobby for help. oregonlive, "Oregon’s lower-division college basketball teams wonder why Division I play is deemed safer amid coronavirus pandemic," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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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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