Definition of lobby in English:


Syllabification: lob·by
Pronunciation: /ˈläbē

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.
    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.
    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.
    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



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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.

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