law·​mak·​er | \ˈlȯ-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of lawmaker 

: one who makes laws : legislator

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lawmaking \ˈlȯ-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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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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Now begins the arduous process of getting the deal approved by lawmakers in all three countries. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Women also hit a series of significant milestones, including the first Native American women elected to Congress, the first Muslim women sent to represent their states in the House, and the youngest women to serve as lawmakers. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s first post-midterms move: Dump Attorney General Jeff Sessions," 8 Nov. 2018 For months now, companies including Uber have lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento to draft new legislation that would effectively overturn the Dynamex standard. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Limo firm to judge: Tell us whether Uber drivers are employees," 8 Oct. 2018 Moonilal is a lawmaker from the opposition United National Congress party in Trinidad and Tobago, which is just offshore from Venezuela. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Pirates Have Returned to the Caribbean Off the Coast of Venezuela," 13 Aug. 2018 There may not be a lawmaker in Congress who has done more to shape the internet than Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Sen. Ron Wyden on breaking up Facebook, net neutrality, and the law that built the internet," 24 July 2018 In Pennsylvania, after three straight years of the budget arriving late — and the Democratic governor not signing it — Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg achieved something extraordinary. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout,, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Instead, the change is being driven by lawmakers in Democratic-run states and by US companies seeking to retain and recruit employees in tight labor markets. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 2018 Subramanian Swamy, a prominent lawmaker from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, said this week that homosexuality was unnatural and against Hindu nationalism. NBC News, "Gay sex not an aberration, Indian judge says ahead of ruling on homosexuality ban," 12 July 2018

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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 \

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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