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

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 Image Dear Diary: The scene: People waiting for an elevator in the lobby of an apartment building in Lower Manhattan. Rebecca Liebson, New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest," 27 Mar. 2020 Only a dozen people were waiting for hearings on a recent day in the lobby of the Dallas immigration courts -- a fraction of what’s normal when Dallas immigration attorney Fernando Dubove usually makes his way into the courtrooms. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Could the immigration courts get more chaotic? Coronavirus adds to stress," 27 Mar. 2020 Tré Ward, who emceed the informal gathering in the lobby of the Dayton Community Center. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "National Guard gearing up to support Texans during coronavirus crisis," 25 Mar. 2020 On the twenty-seventh day of the coronavirus lockdown in Chengdu, in southwestern China, five masked men appeared in the lobby of my apartment building in order to deliver a hundred-inch TCL Xclusive television. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Life on Lockdown in China," 23 Mar. 2020 On Tuesday, the first day the team instituted the policy, players and coaches were brought individually to speak with reporters in the main lobby of Joker Marchant Stadium. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers following coronavirus guidelines with Opening Day on horizon," 11 Mar. 2020 The L’Enfant statue is currently on display in the lobby of 1 Judiciary Square, a D.C. government building. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 Lifelong friends and competitors Luis Tiant and Tony Oliva and their wives playing nighttime dominoes in the lobby of their spring training residence hotel. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "The curious case of David Ortiz and other picked-up pieces from Red Sox camp," 22 Feb. 2020 The 13-year-old was observed by police Thursday in the lobby of a building near the Manhattan neighborhood where the stabbing occurred one day earlier, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "The 13-year-old suspect in the fatal stabbing of Barnard student Tessa Majors will appear in court Tuesday," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her high-octane team played before sellout crowds that rippled with fans in green and gold replica jerseys with her No. 20, which Ionescu had to lobby Nike to make last year. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Sabrina Ionescu’s Big Moment Wasn’t the One She Expected," 28 Mar. 2020 Critics say the company's stance is representative of the oil and gas industry's unwillingness to lobby for policies that could help lower the cost of clean energy. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "US oil giant Chevron takes 'long-ball' approach to climate change in pivot to clean energy," 19 Mar. 2020 Lefrak hatched a plan: to bring the man who performed the first-ever successful heart transplant in 1967 – celebrated on the cover of Time magazine – Dr. Christiaan Barnard to lobby the state health commissioner on Lefrak's behalf. CBS News, "Murder-suicide leads to history-making heart transplant, new life for DC woman," 14 Mar. 2020 Hurley wasn't the only person to lobby for an NCAA Tournament Selection Show, even without a tournament. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Bobby Hurley calls for NCAA Tournament bracket, selection show, even without a tournament," 13 Mar. 2020 The proponents who come from outside of the state to lobby for this bill are well-practiced, and there seems to be momentum behind it. NBC News, "Alabama moves closer to transgender health care ban for minors," 10 Mar. 2020 Kardashian West has been to the White House several times to lobby Trump about prison reform. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kim Kardashian West Returns to White House With 4 Women Freed From Prison," 5 Mar. 2020 The new tech regulations have sent Silicon Valley executives, like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai, to Brussels to lobby the EU's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in the last week. Jack Arnholz, ABC News, "EU imposes sweeping regulations on facial recognition, Artificial Intelligence," 19 Feb. 2020 Taiwan has traditionally relied on a small number of diplomatic allies, almost all of them tiny countries in Central America and the Pacific, to lobby for its inclusion in international bodies. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "The WHO can’t seem to figure out what to call Taiwan in its coronavirus updates," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of lobby was in 1593

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2 Apr 2020

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“Lobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobby. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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lobby

noun
How to pronounce lobby (audio)

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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