Lob·by, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lobbied p. pr. & vb. n. Lobbying.] 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. [U.S.]
Lob·by, v. t. To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill; -- also used with the legislators as object; as, to lobby the state legislatuire for protection. [U.S.]
Lob·by n.; pl. Lobbies
1. Arch. 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.
2. 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; hence: any persons, not members of a legislative body, who strive to influence its proceedings by personal agency; a group of lobbyists for a particular cause; as, the drug industry lobby. [U. S.]
3. Naut. An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
4. Agric. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
Lobby member, a lobbyist. [Humorous cant, U. S.]
n 1: a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom,
antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, vestibule]
2: a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
[syn: pressure group, third house]
v : detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the
outer garments of; as for political or economic favors