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 Teachers will get a 20% discount on food and beverages at Coca-Cola concession stands and 25% off on merchandise at Pantherland — located in the main lobby of the plaza level at the BB&T Center. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Panthers say thank you to local teachers with appreciation night," 30 Apr. 2021 An authentic Tinnerman stove is available to view in the lobby of the historic building, with artwork that honors the Tinnerman company surrounding it. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Tinnerman Lofts infuses local art into Ohio City apartment spaces," 28 Apr. 2021 Officers responded to a report of a male going through other people's packages in the lobby of an apartment building in the 15700 block of Rockford Road. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, April 25," 24 Apr. 2021 Remember standing in the lobby of the Judases’ Mission Gorge Road facility after practice. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chargers have four areas of need, but need to avoid reaching at No. 13 in draft," 24 Apr. 2021 The city will host the event in the lobby of the Mesquite Police Department, at 777 N. Galloway Ave. Dallas News, "Here’s how to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs in Mesquite," 22 Apr. 2021 CourtTV played on a screen above the empty bar as George Floyd’s family milled around Tuesday in the lobby of their Minneapolis hotel, awaiting a verdict. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Derek Chauvin Verdict Live: Jury Reaches Verdict," 20 Apr. 2021 During the news conference, community members watching from the lobby of the Police Department headquarters expressed their anger as others protested outside. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Daunte Wright shooting protests: Crowds gather outside Brooklyn Center police station after camera footage released," 13 Apr. 2021 Glen Messier, principal of Mechanicsville Elementary, was surprised by his staff, supervisors and wife Wednesday morning in the lobby of the school and presented with an award. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mechanicsville Elementary’s Glen Messier first from Carroll County to win National Distinguished Principal Award," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet rather than working through these mechanisms, the investor group went behind the community’s back to successfully lobby for a merger of two Hill District Census tracts. Daniel Armanios, Fortune, "3 things Biden can do to enforce more equitable infrastructure," 25 Apr. 2021 On Capitol Hill, the time for Amtrak to lobby for expansion funding is opportune, Amtrak officials and rail experts said. Pranshu Verma, New York Times, "Amtrak Wants to Expand Across the Nation. Local Politics Might Intervene.," 6 Mar. 2021 Most recently, on February 8, Hilton shared her personal story and testimony with Utah lawmakers in order to lobby for a bill that would require more regulations for the state's youth residential treatment centers. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "“Stars Are Blind” Singer & Activist Paris Hilton Is Engaged," 17 Feb. 2021 But the 2019 formation of Decrim NY, a coalition of organizations that support full decriminalization and has worked to lobby lawmakers, represented a turning point for the movement. BostonGlobe.com, "Manhattan to stop prosecuting prostitution, part of nationwide shift," 21 Apr. 2021 Berkshire executives are in Austin this week to lobby lawmakers on the plan. Dallas News, "Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway proposes an $8 billion fix for Texas electric grid," 25 Mar. 2021 Lobby Day is an annual event that lets Virginia voters lobby their lawmakers on upcoming legislation. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "100 activists and caravan show up for Virginia's scaled-back Lobby Day," 18 Jan. 2021 Schlapp's lobbying firm reportedly brought in $750,000 in the last two weeks of 2020 to lobby for a presidential pardon for Parker Petit -- but Trump did not grant the request before leaving office. Will Steakin, ABC News, "CPAC to put 2020 election claims center stage just weeks after Capitol attack," 24 Feb. 2021 Capital One said in a statement that its representatives did not lobby state legislators for the amendment and have not discussed the amendment with Fairfax County officials. Washington Post, "Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station name to include bank or lose $22 million," 23 Feb. 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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5 May 2021

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“Lobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobby. Accessed 6 May. 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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