cod·​i·​fy | \ ˈkä-də-ˌfī How to pronounce codify (audio) , ˈkō- \
codified; codifying

Definition of codify

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to a code The convention codified the rules of war.
2a : systematize Standardization refers to the process by which a language has been codified in some way.— Ronald Wardhaugh
b : classify Customer complaints are codified as dissatisfaction feedback.

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codifiability \ ˌkä-​də-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce codifiability (audio) , ˌkō-​ \ noun
codification \ ˌkä-​də-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce codification (audio) , ˌkō-​ \ noun

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A code is a collection of laws arranged in an orderly way; famous examples include the Code of Hammurabi, from about 1760 B.C. in ancient Babylon, and the Napoleonic Code, produced at Napoleon's orders in 1804. Laws that have been included in a code have been codified. The rules of baseball differed greatly from one place to another until they were codified by Alexander Cartwright in 1845; they haven't changed much since, though we don't know what Cartwright would say about the designated hitter.

Examples of codify in a Sentence

The convention codified the rules of war. The author tries to codify important ideas about language.
Recent Examples on the Web The bill would not have extended the state of emergency and did not codify her stay at home order. Jack Turman, CBS News, "Michigan governor extends coronavirus state of emergency, but could face legal challenges," 1 May 2020 Coronavirus may simply hasten and codify that shift into normal practice in the decades to come. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The spat over “Trolls World Tour” foreshadows inevitable shifts in film distribution," 29 Apr. 2020 These signature patterns of battle damage suggest trained warriors used codified regional fighting styles that were refined over centuries, according to the new research. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Stage Sword Fights to Study Bronze Age Warfare," 21 Apr. 2020 In the fifteen years before the pestilence reached the capital, Justinian codified Roman law, made peace with the Persians, overhauled the Eastern Empire’s fiscal administration, and built the Hagia Sophia. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Pandemics and the Shape of Human History," 30 Mar. 2020 And that applies to government employees, public officials, etc., and that STOCK Act codifies that. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "FBI and SEC open inquiry into Senate stock sales before coronavirus rattled Wall Street," 30 Mar. 2020 Asking someone to stand up with you on the day you get married, Kirmayer says, is one of the few codified ways to publicly commemorate or honor close adult friendships. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Single-Sex Wedding Parties Don’t Make Sense Anymore," 19 Feb. 2020 That decision, however, has not been officially codified into law. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has 45 miles of Lake Michigan shore. Lawmakers kick up sand about who owns it.," 30 Jan. 2020 The legislation would codify that practice, essentially establishing a buffer around the park. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Denver Post, "U.S. House OKs protections near historical park in New Mexico," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of codify

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for codify

code entry 1 + -ify

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The first known use of codify was circa 1800

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14 May 2020

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“Codify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of codify

: to put (laws or rules) together as a code or system
: to put (things) in an orderly form
cod·​i·​fy | \ ˈkä-də-ˌfī, ˈkō- How to pronounce codify (audio) \
codified; codifying

Legal Definition of codify

: to reduce (laws) to a code

Other Words from codify

codification \ ˌkä-​də-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən, ˌkō-​ How to pronounce codification (audio) \ noun

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