from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hall, foyer, or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building, such as a hotel or theater.
- n. A public room next to the assembly chamber of a legislative body.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To try to influence (an official) to take a desired action.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. scouse (from lobscouse)
- n. An entryway or reception area; vestibule; passageway; corridor.
- n. A class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
- n. A virtual area where players can chat and find opponents for a game.
- v. To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A passage or hall of communication, especially when large enough to serve also as a waiting room. It differs from an antechamber in that a lobby communicates between several rooms, an antechamber to one only; but this distinction is not carefully preserved.
- n. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly; hence, the persons, collectively, who frequent such a place to transact business with the legislators
- n. An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
- n. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
- intransitive v. To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes; in an extended sense, to try to influence decision-makers in any circumstance.
- transitive v. To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; ; -- also used with the legislators as object.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inclosed space surrounding or communicating with one or more apartments.
- n. Nautical, an apartment immediately before the captain's cabin.
- n. Persons who occupy or resort to the lobby or the approaches to a legislative chamber for the purpose of transacting business with the members, and especially of influencing their official action or votes.
- To frequent the lobby of a legislature or other deliberative body for the purpose of influencing the official action of members; solicit votes from members, whether in the lobby or elsewhere.
- To promote or carry by solicitation of legislative favor or votes: as, to lobby a measure through Congress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
- n. a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
- n. a large entrance or reception room or area
- n. the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
Medieval Latin lobia, monastic cloister, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French *lobie, from Medieval Latin lobium, lobia, laubia ("a portico, covered way, gallery") , from Old High German or Middle High German. (Wiktionary)