- The definition of a lobby is a central hall at the entrance to a building or a large waiting room.
An example of a lobby is the reception area in a large business office.
- To lobby is defined as to try to influence a public official in favor of something, or to try to get a law passed.
An example of to lobby is an oil company sending representatives to Congress to express their opinion about why a law should or should not be passed.
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- a hall or large anteroom, as a waiting room or vestibule of an apartment house, hotel, theater, etc.
- a large hall adjacent to the assembly hall of a legislature and open to the public
- ☆ a group of lobbyists representing the same special interest: the oil lobby
Origin: LL lobia: see lodge
- to act as a lobbyist
- to attempt to influence a public official in favor of something: often with for
Origin: after the practice of meeting with legislators in the lobby ()
- to attempt to influence (a public official) by acting as a lobbyist
- to attempt to influence the passage of (a measure) by acting as a lobbyist
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noun pl. lob·bies
- A hall, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater.
- A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
- A group of persons engaged in trying to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of a specific cause: the banking lobby; the labor lobby.
- To try to influence public officials on behalf of or against (proposed legislation, for example): lobbied the bill through Congress; lobbied the bill to a negative vote.
- To try to influence (an official) to take a desired action.
Origin: Medieval Latin lobia, monastic cloister, of Germanic origin.
- lobˈby·er, lobˈby·ist noun
- lobˈby·ism noun
lobby - Cultural Definition
A group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification, or defeat of laws that affect these goals. Lobbies (also called interest groups or pressure groups) can be long-standing (such as minority groups struggling to have their civil rights guaranteed) or ad hoc (such as a community threatened by proposed construction of a nuclear power plant). Lobbies may use grassroots methods, such as local rallies and campaigns, to build support for their cause and often employ professional lobbyists, who testify before congressional committees and approach policymakers in all government branches. Powerful lobbies, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Legion, with millions of members, have succeeded in establishing influence in Washington, D.C.