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"lobby" in British English

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lobbyverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈlɒb.i/  us   /ˈlɑː.bi/
C2 to ​try to ​persuade a ​politician, the ​government, or an ​officialgroup that a ​particular thing should or should not ​happen, or that a ​law should be ​changed: Small ​businesses have lobbied hard for/againstchanges in the ​taxlaws. [+ to infinitive] Local ​residents lobbied to have the ​factoryshut down. [+ obj + to infinitive ] They have been lobbying ​Congress tochange the ​legislationconcerningguns.
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lobbynoun [C]

uk   /ˈlɒb.i/  us   /ˈlɑː.bi/

lobby noun [C] (PRESSURE GROUP)

a ​group of ​people who ​try to ​persuade the ​government or an ​officialgroup to do something: the anti-smoking lobby

lobby noun [C] (ROOM)

B2 the (​large) ​room into which the ​mainentrancedooropens in a ​hotel or other ​largebuilding in the UK ​parliament, a ​room where someone ​meets a ​member of ​parliament who they have ​arranged to ​talk to, or one of the two ​passages that ​members of ​parliamentwalk through as a way of ​voting
(Definition of lobby from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lobby" in American English

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lobbynoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑ·bi/

lobby noun [C] (SPACE)

a ​large, ​openspace just inside the ​mainentrance of a ​publicbuilding such as a ​hotel, ​officebuilding, or ​theater: As you ​enter the lobby, you’ll ​see the ​elevators on ​yourright.

lobby noun [C] (PERSUADE)

politics & government a ​group of ​people who ​represent a ​particularindustry or ​interest in ​dealing with a ​politician, ​official, etc.: the ​environmental lobby

lobbyverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈlɑ·bi/

lobby verb [I/T] (PERSUADE)

politics & government to ​try to ​persuade an ​electedofficial to take a ​particularaction or ​change a ​law: [T] Council ​members have been lobbying ​colleagues on how to ​vote.
lobbyist
noun [C]  us   /ˈlɑb·i·ɪst/
lobbyists for the ​bankingindustry
(Definition of lobby from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lobby" in Business English

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lobbyverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈlɒbi/ GOVERNMENT
to ​try to persuade someone in ​authority, usually an ​electedmember of a ​government, to ​supportlaws or ​rules that give your ​organization or ​industry an ​advantage: lobby against/for sth He lobbies against ​restrictions on ​investment.lobby hard/heavily A ​coalition of ​businessgroups lobbied hard to have the ​legislationchanged.lobby congress/lawmakers/ministers He said ​private schools would lobby the General ​Assembly to ​restore the ​funding.lobby to do sth After the fatal ​crash, ​safetyexperts blamed the fuel-tank ​design and lobbied to make the ​carssafer.

lobbynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈlɒbi/ (plural lobbies) GOVERNMENT
a ​group of ​people that lobbies someone in ​authority: The ​leadingemployers' lobby called for less ​governmentregulation.a powerful/strong/influential lobby A powerful lobby of ​propertycompanies and ​retailers is being ​formed.the pro-euro/pro-business/anti-gun lobby His ​firm has given £25,000 to the pro-euro lobby.a business/consumer/trade lobby The ​government is under ​pressure from ​business lobbies who want ​taxes on ​companiesreduced. environmental/farmer's/​energy lobby
(Definition of lobby from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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