Definition of lobby in English:

lobby

Syllabification: lob·by
Pronunciation: /ˈläbē
 
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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.
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  • 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.
Synonyms
entrance hall, hallway, entrance, hall, vestibule, foyer, reception area
2A group of people seeking to influence politicians or public officials on a particular issue: members of the anti-abortion lobby [as modifier]: lobby groups
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  • 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.
Synonyms
special interest group, interest group, pressure group; movement, campaign, crusade; lobbyists, supporters; faction, camp
2.1 [in singular] An organized attempt by members of the public to influence politicians or public officials: a recent lobby of Congress by retirees
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  • 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)

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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 services
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  • 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.
Synonyms
seek to influence, try to persuade, bring pressure to bear on, importune, sway; petition, solicit, appeal to, pressurizecampaign for, crusade for, press for, push for, ask for, call for, demand; promote, advocate, champion

Origin

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.

Derivatives

lobbyist

noun
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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.

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