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

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

Even though the data privacy law was signed more than a year ago, many people expected the business lobby—especially Big Tech—to kill or neutralize it before the CCPA goes into effect in January 2020. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Here Comes America’s First Privacy Law: What the CCPA Means for Business and Consumers," 13 Sep. 2019 The museum reopened in December 2018 with a new lobby, the Ecolab Skyway Entrance, the Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Court, the Josephine Adele Ford Center for Creativity, the Otto Bremer Trust Studio and the Securian Financial Studio. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Knight Foundation grants $2 million to boost culture, vitality, access in downtown St. Paul," 8 Sep. 2019 Despite opposition from the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby, the bill was approved by the state Senate’s Public Safety Committee and is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Solana Beach becomes second city in county to approve safe firearms storage," 4 Sep. 2019 And professional guardians themselves lobby, too, through a trade group known as the Florida State Guardianship Association. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some courts, exceptions have become the rule | Special report," 30 Aug. 2019 In some instances, powerful lobbies with commercial interests, in association with the state machinery, have attempted to ravage entire landforms hitherto treated as gods by locals. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019 Staff members had recommended placing the machine in the building’s main lobby, inside a first-floor alcove near the elevator, but council members agreed among themselves the ATM would be best placed inside the bank’s offices. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada City Council issues temporary ban on electronic message signs," 28 Aug. 2019 There's memorabilia in the lobby, players' signatures in the elevator, and even baseball-esque stitching on the room curtains. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Hotel Commonwealth," 22 Aug. 2019 Social Security is an enormously popular program with bipartisan support and influential lobbies, including the immensely powerful AARP, looking out for it. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Believing these myths about Social Security could hurt millennials," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

West is now lobbying against important components of AB5, such as shifting the designation of independent contractors to employees. Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, "California Senate passes bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers," 11 Sep. 2019 Frank Macchiarola, a vice president of the American Petroleum Institute, an oil industry lobbying group, said in a statement. Steve Karnowski, Washington Post, "Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 Throughout its history, the nonprofit CSPI in particular has gone head-to-head with food industry lobbying groups. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "A new nutrition group aims to erase the link between value and massive portions," 25 Aug. 2019 Hours after Senate Bill 57 passed, a new hemp industry lobbying group was announced. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to sign bill legalizing CBD, hemp: What happens next?," 29 July 2019 Most notable is the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, widely considered to be the state's most influential business lobbying group. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's road funding impasse could lead to a graduated income tax," 24 July 2019 In Europe alone, the inability to use Huawei equipment could cost wireless carriers $62 billion and delay the deployment of 5G by about 18 months, according to estimates from the mobile operator lobbying group GSMA. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Huawei's place in the global tech ecosystem may make it too big to fail," 28 June 2019 In 2018, the organization spent over $4 million in donations to various politicians and lobbying groups. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Climate Disaster Is a Labor Issue. Here's Why.," 23 May 2019 Netanyahu had been scheduled to give a speech in Washington to the AIPAC pro-Israel lobbying group. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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