WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lob•by /ˈlɑbi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -bies, v.,  -bied, -by•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Architecturean entrance hall or corridor, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom;
    foyer.
  2. Governmenta group of persons who try to influence legislators or other public officials to vote or act in favor of a special interest.

v. 
  1. Governmentto try to influence the actions or votes of: [+ object]lobbied a few key senators.[no object]lobbied for the bill.
  2. Government to urge the passage of by lobbying:[+ object]to lobby a bill.
lob•by•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
lob•by  (lobē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -bies, v.,  -bied, -by•ing. 
n. 
  1. Architecturean entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom;
    foyer.
  2. Architecture, Governmenta large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
  3. Governmenta group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group's special interest.

v.i. 
  1. Governmentto solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.

v.t. 
  1. Governmentto try to influence the actions of (public officials, esp. legislators).
  2. Governmentto urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
lobby•er, n. 
  • Old High German *laubia (later lauba) arbor, derivative of laub leaf
  • Medieval Latin lobia, laubia covered way
  • 1545–55


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

lobby /ˈlɒbɪ/ n ( pl -bies)
  1. a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc
  2. chiefly Brit a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
  3. Also called: division lobby chiefly Brit one of two corridors in a legislative building in which members vote
  4. a group of persons who attempt to influence legislators on behalf of a particular interest
vb ( -bies, -bying, -bied)
  1. to attempt to influence (legislators, etc) in the formulation of policy
  2. (intransitive) to act in the manner of a lobbyist
  3. (transitive) to apply pressure or influence for the passage of (a bill, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin lobia portico, from Old High German lauba arbor, from laub leaf

ˈlobbyer n



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