WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
lob•by /ˈlɑbi/USA pronunciation
n., pl. -bies, v., -bied, -by•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Architecturean entrance hall or corridor, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom;
- Governmenta group of persons who try to influence legislators or other public officials to vote or act in favor of a special interest.
lob•by•ist, n. [countable]
- Governmentto try to influence the actions or votes of: [~ + object]lobbied a few key senators.[no object]lobbied for the bill.
- Government to urge the passage of by lobbying:[~ + object]to lobby a bill.
(lob′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -bies, v., -bied, -by•ing. n.
- Architecturean entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom;
- Architecture, Governmenta large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
- 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.
- Governmentto solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.
- Governmentto try to influence the actions of (public officials, esp. legislators).
- Governmentto urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
- Old High German *laubia (later lauba) arbor, derivative of laub leaf
- Medieval Latin lobia, laubia covered way
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lobby /ˈlɒbɪ/ n ( pl -bies)
vb ( -bies, -bying, -bied)
- a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc
- chiefly Brit a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
- Also called: division lobby chiefly Brit one of two corridors in a legislative building in which members vote
- a group of persons who attempt to influence legislators on behalf of a particular interest
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin lobia portico, from Old High German lauba arbor, from laub leafˈlobbyer n
- to attempt to influence (legislators, etc) in the formulation of policy
- (intransitive) to act in the manner of a lobbyist
- (transitive) to apply pressure or influence for the passage of (a bill, etc)
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