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 First, a note in the lobby of our apartment building. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors worry that the U.S. coronavirus plan will be too little, too late," 11 Mar. 2020 Last year, Portland welcomed a second location of the Icelandic hostel KEX, complete with a restaurant and bar in the lobby. oregonlive, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 7 Mar. 2020 About 12 hours later, Williams showed up at the 41st Precinct stationhouse in the Bronx and allegedly opened fire on eight police officers and a civilian employee in the lobby and in an adjacent side room of the station. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "Suspect in ambush shootings of New York City police officers indicted on 52 counts," 4 Mar. 2020 One suspect had the bag in the lobby and took it to a room before placing it behind the machine, Craig said. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "2 in custody after AK-47, Bible listing US cities found at Greektown Casino-Hotel," 18 Feb. 2020 Beer, wine and a selection of cocktails and mocktails complementing the program will be available at the concession stands located in the lobby. Margot Habiby, Dallas News, "Things to do in Richardson this month: Brazilian guitar, 'Barefoot in the Park,’ Black History Month, Renée Taylor and more," 10 Feb. 2020 Bonus: Herron High School students created a huge statue about their hopes for the U.S.' future that will be in the lobby. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "13 romantic things to do on Valentine's Day for every mood and couple," 5 Feb. 2020 In late spring or summer, the airport will start tearing down the terminal but not before relocating the Paul Coze mural that hangs in the lobby. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Terminal 2's final flight: Sky Harbor Airport passengers, employees mark the end of an era," 4 Feb. 2020 For those last-minute needs, a pop-up shop is set up in the lobby of the Marriott Courtyard Downtown Louisville during the week leading up to Derby. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Your guide to Kentucky Derby 2020 trends: Where to find hats, sales and fashion inspiration," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The intern was lobbying on behalf of a military veterans on Capitol Hill, Yuko said. cleveland, "Ohio Senate Democratic staff, senators working from home due to intern possibly being exposed to coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 Catt opted for pragmatism and politics, lobbying on a state level and in the halls of Congress. Time, "1920: The Suffragists," 5 Mar. 2020 Yaroslavl officials still needed Moscow’s approval to accept an invitation to visit Burlington, and Mr. Sanders lobbied on their behalf. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "Excerpts from the Sanders Files in a Russian Archive," 5 Mar. 2020 Failure to disclose that work as a foreign agent to the Justice Department could be a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires those who lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign entities to disclose their efforts. Nancy Cordes, CBS News, "Top Senate Democrat asks Justice Department to investigate Richard Grenell's consulting work," 26 Feb. 2020 Kilpatrick, meanwhile, has a millionaire-businessman friend lobbying on his behalf. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Kwame Kilpatrick still in limbo as President Donald Trump pardons 11 others," 18 Feb. 2020 The group voted to form a merchant’s association and informally chose a leader — Rebecca Schner, who owns gift shop New Lotus Moon — of the new group to lobby on their behalf. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands business owners in Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center join forces to save their stores from demise," 7 Feb. 2020 Knorr is the daughter of Bas Aja, a power broker at the Capitol who for decades has lobbied on behalf of the Arizona Cattle Feeders’ Association. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Complaints filed against Rep. David Cook amid questions of potential conflict of interest," 4 Feb. 2020 But since 1960 the number of states and territories has been rising, as different groups have successfully lobbied for their own unit, on the basis of language, ethnicity or administrative convenience. The Economist, "Bodos and don’ts A restive corner of India is becoming more peaceful," 30 Jan. 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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19 Mar 2020

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“Lobby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobby. Accessed 28 Mar. 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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