Meaning of lobby

lob•by

Pronunciation: (lob'ē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -bies, -bied, -by•ing.
—n.
  1. an entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom; foyer.
  2. a large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
  3. 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.
—v.i.
  1. to solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.
—v.t.
  1. to try to influence the actions of (public officials, esp. legislators).
  2. to urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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