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English Dictionary: Lobby by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
lobby
n
  1. a large entrance or reception room or area [syn: anteroom, antechamber, entrance hall, hall, foyer, lobby, vestibule]
  2. the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
  3. a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
    Synonym(s): lobby, pressure group, third house
v
  1. detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
    Synonym(s): lobby, buttonhole
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lobby \Lob"by\, v. t.
      To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a
      legislative body; as, to lobby a bill. [U.S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lobby \Lob"by\, n.; pl. {Lobbies}. [LL. lobium, lobia, laubia, a
      covered portico fit for walking, fr. OHG. louba, G. laube,
      arbor. See {Lodge}.]
      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; any persons, not members of
            a legislative body, who strive to influence its
            proceedings by personal agency

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lobby \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.[U.S.] --Bartlett.
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