The lobby in an office building.
- 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.
- 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 of lobbyLate Latin lobia: see lodge
intransitive verb-·bied, -·by·ing
- to work as a lobbyist
- to make an effort to influence someone on a particular matter: often with for or against
Origin of lobbyfrom the practice of meeting with legislators in the lobby (noun)
- to attempt to influence the decision or policy of (someone, esp. a public official) as or in the manner of a lobbyist
- to attempt to influence the passage of (a measure) by acting as a lobbyist
- 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.
verblob·bied, lob·by·ing, lob·bies
- 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 of lobbyMedieval Latin lobia monastic cloister of Germanic origin
- lob′by·er lob′by·ist