law·​mak·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce lawmaker (audio) \

Definition of lawmaker

: one who makes laws : legislator

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lawmaking \ ˈlȯ-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce lawmaking (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for lawmaker


lawgiver, legislator, solon

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Examples of lawmaker in a Sentence

the state's lawmakers worked long into the night drafting a bill that would be acceptable to everyone

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Automakers, then, have lobbied Trump to abandon the tariffs altogether; so, too, have Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "President Trump Appears to Kick the 25 Percent Auto Tariff Can down the Road," 15 May 2019 The Swedish teen was nominated by Norwegian lawmakers for her work as a young activist, according to TIME. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Climate-Strike Leader Greta Thunberg Has Been Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize," 14 Mar. 2019 The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week. Fox News, "Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending," 18 Sep. 2018 There, lawmakers are expected to compromise on some disagreements — some technical, some substantive — over their bills. German Lopez, Vox, "Congress is on the verge of a bipartisan opioid package. But experts have big concerns.," 12 Sep. 2018 At 37, Gabbard is one of the younger lawmakers being discussed for the presidency (the age requirement is 35). Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 The hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was defined, as had been the Facebook hearings before it, by the widespread befuddlement of our lawmakers. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 Seven of those 18 seats are vacant, due in large part to the departures of five Republican lawmakers who either have resigned or are not running again. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018 The Stoneman Douglas students headed to Florida's capital, Tallahassee, to face lawmakers head on. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Year After the Parkland Shooting, Has Anything Really Changed?," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of lawmaker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lawmaker

: someone who makes laws


law·​mak·​er | \ ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce lawmaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of lawmaker

: someone who takes part in writing and passing laws : legislator

Other Words from lawmaker

lawmaking \ -​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ adjective or noun Congress is the nation's lawmaking body.



Legal Definition of lawmaker

: one that makes laws especially : legislator

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lawmaking noun

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one that collects or salvages junk

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