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interest group

a group of people drawn or acting together in support of a common interest or to voice a common concern:
Political interest groups seek to influence legislation.
Origin of interest group
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for interest group
  • Our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected.
  • So, scientists will always be viewed by the government as an interest group, a small and feeble one at that.
  • The family-planning bureaucracy is a vast and entrenched interest group defending the status quo at all levels of government.
  • The first is the temptation to spread the wealth around to every region and interest group.
  • AS a newspaper, it has a right to express its own opinion of course, its opinion stand for its interest group.
  • But no other interest group makes out quite the way homeowners do.
interest group in Culture

interest group definition

An organized group that tries to influence the government to adopt certain policies or measures. Also called pressure group. (See lobby.)

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