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Meaning of LOBBY

Pronunciation:  'lâbee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large entrance or reception room or area
  2. [n]  a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
  3. [v]  detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors

LOBBY is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, buttonhole, entrance hall, foyer, hall, pressure group, third house, vestibule
 See Also: beg, building, edifice, narthex, political unit, room, solicit, tap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
  2. \Lob"by\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lobbied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the
    lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their
    votes.[U.S.] --Bartlett.
  3. \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.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in a lobby indicates that you are trying to make something known.
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