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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 official group that a particular thing should or should not happen, or that a law should be changed: Small businesses have lobbied hard for/against changes in the tax laws. [+ to infinitive] Local residents lobbied to have the factory shut down. [+ obj + to infinitive ] They have been lobbying Congress to change the legislation concerning guns.

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lobbynoun [C]

uk   /ˈlɒb.i/  us   /ˈlɑː.bi/
  • lobby noun [C] (ROOM)

B2 the (large) room into which the main entrance door opens in a hotel or other large building
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 parliament walk through as a way of voting
(Definition of lobby from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lobbynoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑ·bi/
  • lobby noun [C] (SPACE)

a large, open space just inside the main entrance of a public building such as a hotel, office building, or theater: As you enter the lobby, you’ll see the elevators on your right.
  • lobby noun [C] (PERSUADE)

politics & government a group of people who represent a particular industry 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 elected official to take a particular action 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 banking industry
(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 elected member of a government, to support laws 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 business groups lobbied hard to have the legislation changed.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, safety experts blamed the fuel-tank design and lobbied to make the cars safer.

lobbynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈlɒbi/ (plural lobbies) GOVERNMENT
a group of people that lobbies someone in authority: The leading employers' lobby called for less government regulation.a powerful/strong/influential lobby A powerful lobby of property companies 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 companies reduced. environmental/farmer's/energy lobby
(Definition of lobby from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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