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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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 As noted by HuffPost, the bipartisan effort comes after years of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle facing allegations. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Members of Congress Can Pay Sexual Harassment Settlements With Taxpayer Dollars, but That Could Change," 13 Dec. 2018 In addition, the Wednesday release by a British lawmaker also confirms what Ars previously discovered via a failure to adequately redact public court filings from last year: Facebook once considered charging for access to user data. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015," 5 Dec. 2018 Union leaders, community organizers, and some lawmakers formed an effective opposition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Amazon's "HQ2," From the First Announcement to a Failed Campus in New York City," 14 Feb. 2019 With the fight to close the gender pay gap, as well as to ensure reproductive rights and paid family leave all looming, the statement couldn’t be timelier, with a multigenerational group of lawmakers gathered to raise awareness. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Female Lawmakers Stand Up to the State of the Union in Suffragette White," 6 Feb. 2019 The clip even caught the attention of some Democratic lawmakers, who were quite conflicted about whether to share the rapper's tape. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Impassioned Government Shutdown Video Even Had Lawmakers Talking," 17 Jan. 2019 And Roll Call documented how corporate lobbyists are trying to find a way to get the incoming lawmakers who swore off political action committee (PAC) money to change their tunes. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Bad Girls' Caucus Has Been Sworn In and Congress May Never Be the Same," 3 Jan. 2019 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined female lawmakers in wearing all white to last night's State of the Union address in honor of the work of suffragists. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Perfect White Cape Blazer, We Salute You," 6 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

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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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