lobby

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Rhymes: -ɒbi

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French *lobie, from Medieval Latin lobium, lobia, laubia (a portico, covered way, gallery) , from Old High German or Middle High German.

Noun[edit]

lobby (plural lobbies)

  1. An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
    I had to wait in the lobby for hours before seeing the doctor.
  2. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly.
  3. 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.
  4. (video games) A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
  5. (nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  6. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
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lobby (third-person singular simple present lobbies, present participle lobbying, simple past and past participle lobbied)

  1. (intransitive, transitive) 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.
    • 2002, Jim Hightower, in Wikiquote
      The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.
    • 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.
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lobby (uncountable)

  1. (informal) scouse (from lobscouse)
    • My mam cooked us lobby for tea last night.

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lobby m (plural lobbys or lobbies)

  1. lobby (hall, group of people)

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lobby f (invariable)

  1. lobby (group of people; hall of a bank)