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Definition of "lobby" []

  • A hall, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater. (noun)
  • A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body. (noun)
  • A group of persons engaged in trying to influence legislators or other public officials in favor of a specific cause: the banking lobby; the labor lobby. (noun)
  • To try to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause: lobbying for stronger environmental safeguards; lobbied against the proliferation of nuclear arms. (verb-intransitive)
  • To try to influence public officials on behalf of or against (proposed legislation, for example): lobbied the bill through Congress; lobbied the bill to a negative vote. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lobby" in a sentence
  • "The Long Pavilion, for instance, which houses the main lobby, is positioned to catch the prevailing winds, so it stays cool without air-conditioning."
  • "P.S. And of course the penguin lobby is fabulously out of control."
  • "Anticipation for Chili Day, happening today 11: 45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby is at an all-time high, thanks in part to some eco-friendly decisions made by organizers."