special interest


Definition of special interest

: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests especially : lobby

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promised that as governor he would never be beholden to special interests
Recent Examples on the Web With so much on the line, massive amounts of money from wealthy donors and special interest groups have flooded the state. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Biden, Trump, and Harris head to Georgia in final push for Senate candidates," 30 Dec. 2020 But a gigantic spending bill has also become the opportunity to smuggle in some other line items, including those of special interest to the entertainment community. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Would Make Illegal Streaming a Felony," 21 Dec. 2020 One of the items on Tuesday’s council meeting agenda was of special interest to Melendez: code amendments regarding rehabilitative mental health service facilities in the city. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Vista Councilwoman Melendez vows to speak for the unheard," 8 Dec. 2020 Because of their job-creating potential, high-propensity businesses are of special interest to economists, business leaders, and policy makers. Karen Ho, Quartz, "More people in the US are starting businesses because of Covid-19," 25 Nov. 2020 That seating arrangement could be of special interest to L.A. County public health officials this week. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC football player tests positive for the coronavirus," 24 Nov. 2020 The 10 titles below represent a fraction of the books with Maryland ties or themes that were of special interest to local book lovers in 2020. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "These 10 books with Baltimore ties will get you through the holidays and just possibly self-quarantine," 24 Nov. 2020 There are two places of special interest in the retina. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "She Had a Headache for Months. Then She Could Barely See.," 28 Oct. 2020 Viewers in Alabama may have a special interest in the series, courtesy of a link to our state. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "7 creepy things we learned about cult leader and former UA teacher Marshall Applewhite," 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of special interest

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special interest was in 1906

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10 Jan 2021

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“Special interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20interest. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of special interest

chiefly US : a group that tries to influence the people who run a government in order to help a particular business, cause, industry, etc.

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