Lobby definitions

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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.

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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, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater.
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A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
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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.

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To try to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause.

Lobbying for stronger environmental safeguards; lobbied against the proliferation of nuclear arms.

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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.

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To try to influence (an official) to take a desired action.
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A hall or large anteroom, as a waiting room or vestibule of an apartment house, hotel, theater, etc.
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A large hall adjacent to the assembly hall of a legislature and open to the public.
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A group of lobbyists representing the same special interest.

The oil lobby.

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To work as a lobbyist.
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To make an effort to influence someone on a particular matter.
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To attempt to influence the decision or policy of (someone, esp. a public official) as or in the manner of a lobbyist.
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To attempt to influence the passage of (a measure) by acting as a lobbyist.
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Origin of lobby

Medieval Latin lobia monastic cloister of Germanic origin