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

Meanwhile, France’s powerful business lobby Medef invited Marechal to speak about the rise of populism at its annual summer gathering — but then canceled the whole panel after the idea left many aghast. Washington Post, "Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire," 8 July 2019 As previously planned prior to his death, the gold jacket and ring of excellence will be presented to the Pat Bowlen estate to be displayed in the front lobby of the UC Health Training Center [in Denver]. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "NFL offseason often a time for bad news," 6 July 2019 So, tactically, China has a chance to win brownie points with America’s business lobby. The Economist, "Financial links between China and America deepen, despite the trade war," 6 July 2019 The first floor includes a lobby with an information desk and an unmanned convenience store at the point of the arrow. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "UHV Katy, UH prepares move to new location in the fall," 5 July 2019 Indeed, powerful food and agriculture lobbies still exert influence on dietary guidelines and obscure the science. The Conversation, "Confused about what to eat? Science can help," 5 July 2019 While at the visitor center, see the patriotic, red, white and blue tree in the front lobby. Ron Browning, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace: A busy July starts with Independence Day celebrations," 4 July 2019 Front lobby doors will open at 6 p.m. The library closes at 5 p.m. Call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 July 2019 Movie titles/descriptions are available in the lobby or online. Alan Goch, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach South County events for July 3-9," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jarvis has not disclosed a relationship to Evans on lobbying disclosure forms. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, "Ahead of vote on gambling contract, new questions on lobbyist’s work with D.C. Council member Jack Evans," 7 July 2019 After lobbying from patient support advocacy groups, chronic pain was included as a condition treatable by medical marijuana in Florida through a referendum vote in 2016. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "Connecticut faces growing pressure to add chronic pain to medical marijuana program," 6 July 2019 Bumgarner threw 19 more pitches and completed the first inning, with two strikeouts, after lobbying to stay in. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner removed from game after taking liner off pitching arm," 6 July 2019 Flaherty, who was at odds with Wu over the parking-permit fees but has partnered with her on lobbying rules and the Community Preservation Act, welcomed the councilor’s agenda, saying officials should be pushing against the status quo. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Michelle Wu says Boston is ready for change. But is Boston ready for Michelle Wu?," 30 June 2019 But after lobbying from the industry, the proposal has remained in limbo. David Jeans, New York Times, "‘Very Smart People,’ but a Keyless Car’s Downside Killed Them," 28 June 2019 Through his nonprofit Harbor of Hope, Williams spent at least $10,000 on lobbying the Legislature this spring, according to state records. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Rental tax break pitched by Portland developer gets first ‘no’ vote," 18 June 2019 Google, Amazon and Facebook set company records for lobbying spending in 2018 as scrutiny of Big Tech intensified, according to Senate disclosures. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Big tech is armed and ready for the antitrust fight," 6 June 2019 Currently, House members are banned for one year from lobbying after leaving office, while senators are barred for two years. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rips Biden, is swallowing 'distaste' to work with Sen. Cruz," 6 June 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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