noun (plural lobbies)
- 1A room providing a space out of which one or more other rooms or corridors lead, typically one near the entrance of a public building.More example sentences
- Clad in bright green glass tiles, the entrance lobby leads to a restful white panelled ante room.
- A glazed tunnel set slightly off axis leads down through the treelined courtyard into the entrance lobby, one level below ground.
- The third strategy (mixed mode) combines natural and artificial ventilation in transition spaces such as lobbies, foyers and the courtyard.
- 2A group of people seeking to influence politicians or public officials on a particular issue: members of the anti-abortion lobby [as modifier]: lobby groupsMore example sentences
- It would be easy to imagine that the reason why the question of pain and late abortion have become connected is because the anti-abortion lobby have exploited the issue.
- This makes it a perfect issue for the anti-abortion lobby to take up.
- He also boasted of being sought by numerous other lobbies, including the Hollywood trade group MPAA and several telecommunications firms.
- 2.1 [in singular] An organized attempt by members of the public to influence politicians or public officials: a recent lobby of Congress by retireesMore example sentences
- The union plans to organise a lobby of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this September over manufacturing job losses.
- Last week we organised a lobby of the Lib Dem council to save our school.
- Our next step was to organise a lobby of the next meeting of the Housing Committee.
verb (lobbies, lobbying, lobbied)[with object] Back to top
- Seek to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue: it is recommending that booksellers lobby their representatives [no object]: a group lobbying for better rail servicesMore example sentences
- Protesters lobbied councillors as they went into their meeting.
- Private firms spend millions lobbying politicians to promote their interests.
- They also lobbied councillors and told them the increase in traffic would created a safety risk.
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- I love the fact that politicians, power brokers, presidents, campaigners and lobbyists now have to wait.
- But there was little memory of that when Gaelic lobbyists looked for support in 2000.
- Until 1994, a lobbyist needed the support of an MEP in order to obtain a pass giving access to the Parliament's premises.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'monastic cloister'): from medieval Latin lobia, lobium 'covered walk, portico'. The verb sense derives from the practice of frequenting the lobby of a house of legislature to influence its members into supporting a cause.