- 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.
The lobby in an office building.
- 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 verblobbied, lobbying
- to act as a lobbyist
- to attempt to influence a public official in favor of something: often with for
Origin of lobbyafter 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
- 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
- An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
- I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
- That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly.
- A class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
- The influence of the tobacco lobby has decreased considerably in the US.
- (video games) A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
- (nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
- A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
(third-person singular simple present lobbies, present participle lobbying, simple past and past participle lobbied)
- (intransitive) To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.
- For years, pro-life groups have continued to lobby hard for restrictions on abortion.
- (informal) scouse (from lobscouse)
- My mam cooked us lobby for tea last night.