lawmaker

noun
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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, lawmakers have largely rejected the Trump administration’s proposed cuts and instead increased major science agency budgets, or at least held them flat. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s 2021 budget drowns science agencies in red ink, again," 10 Feb. 2020 The team did not commit to building a stadium in either state, the lawmakers said. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Redskins seek sports betting license in Virginia even as they lobby for one in Maryland," 9 Feb. 2020 And while that's not a certainty, lawmakers have been empathetic to the devastating impacts of the high water levels and the contaminated sites at hearings in recent weeks. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer budget puts focus on Great Lakes water levels, contaminated sites," 6 Feb. 2020 And on the issue lawmakers have said is the top priority this year, Ivey said the state could not afford to wait any longer to fix a prison system in crisis. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Ivey proposes billion dollar school bond issue, 3% raise for teachers," 5 Feb. 2020 Specifically, lawmakers are chipping away, state-by-state, to reevaluate bans and blocks that will eventually amass to overturning Roe v. Wade. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "Donald Trump’s State Of The Union Attacked Abortion Rights In A Dangerous Way," 5 Feb. 2020 Attempts during last year’s legislative session stalled, but lawmakers are back at this session with one bill that would uphold the court ruling and the other, which critics say would undermine it. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has 45 miles of Lake Michigan shore. Lawmakers kick up sand about who owns it.," 30 Jan. 2020 Wyden is one of several lawmakers attempting to get some kind of general nationwide data privacy law passed. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Avast shutters data-selling subsidiary amid user outrage," 30 Jan. 2020 Still, state lawmakers have long been leery about raising their pay or pensions. James Salzer, ajc, "Amid cuts, House panel backs higher pensions for Georgia lawmakers," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lawmaker

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lawmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lawmaking?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lawmak02. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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lawmaker

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How to pronounce lawmaker (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lawmaker

: someone who makes laws

lawmaker

noun
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.

lawmaker

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Legal Definition of lawmaker

: one that makes laws especially : legislator

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lawmaking noun

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