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- Rhymes: -ɒbi
lobby (plural lobbies)
- 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.
entryway or waiting area; vestibule
group of people who try to lobby
- (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.
To attempt to influence
- lobby in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- lobby in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- lobby at OneLook Dictionary Search
- lobby (hall, group of people)
lobby f (invariable)
- lobby (group of people; hall of a bank)