- an entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom; foyer.
- a large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
- a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group's special interest.
- to solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.
- to try to influence the actions of (public officials, especially legislators).
- to urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
Origin of lobby
Examples from the Web for lobbied
It has lobbied hard to get companies to stop using them, and to urge restaurant chains not to buy pork from farms that do.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
Pitt had already gotten booked for Se7en, lobbied hard to get the part in 12 Monkeys, the director Terry Gilliam has said.Rob Lowe: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful
April 8, 2014
The U.S. State Department has lobbied unsuccessfully for his release.The New Age of Christian Martyrdom
January 13, 2014
He lobbied to keep the Free German Youth open to many different kinds of young people, but to no avail.UPDATED: David's Bookclub: Iron Curtain
November 23, 2012
Her group has lobbied for some $2.8 billion in federal funds for the research program since its start in 1992.Bill Clinton’s New Gig: Curing Breast Cancer
November 13, 2012
You know mighty well the man that got it up an' come there an' lobbied for it, was one o' your own kind—a silk stocking.Pray You, Sir, Whose Daughter?
Helen H. Gardener
Its bonding privilege was one of the most disgraceful bits of jobbery ever lobbied through a corrupt little legislature.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
- a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc
- mainly British a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
- Also called: division lobby mainly British 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
- to attempt to influence (legislators, etc) in the formulation of policy
- (intr) to act in the manner of a lobbyist
- (tr) to apply pressure or influence for the passage of (a bill, etc)
Word Origin and History for lobbied
1530s, "cloister, covered walk," from Medieval Latin laubia, lobia "covered walk in a monastery," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "hall, roof;" see lodge (n.)). Meaning "large entrance hall in a public building" is from 1590s. Political sense of "those who seek to influence legislation" is attested by 1790s in American English, in reference to the custom of influence-seekers gathering in large entrance-halls outside legislative chambers.
"seek to influence legislation," 1826, American English, from lobby (n.). Related: Lobbied; lobbying.
A group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification, or defeat of laws that affect these goals. Lobbies (also called interest groups or pressure groups) can be long-standing (such as minority groups struggling to have their civil rights guaranteed) or ad hoc (such as a community threatened by proposed construction of a nuclear power plant). Lobbies may use grassroots methods, such as local rallies and campaigns, to build support for their cause and often employ professional lobbyists, who testify before congressional committees and approach policymakers in all government branches. Powerful lobbies, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Legion, with millions of members, have succeeded in establishing influence in Washington, D.C.