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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 lob·by /ˈlɑbi/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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
          [syn: buttonhole]
      [also: lobbied]