codify

verb
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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Other Words from codify

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.

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The general manager of BART at the time instituted the rule, but the board of directors didn’t codify it as an official ordinance. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Performing artists to BART: Back off the proposed panhandling ban," 30 Aug. 2019 With little discussion Tuesday, the council unanimously endorsed codifying the ban following a series of temporary moratoriums that have been in place over the past year. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa council takes next step toward permanently banning needle exchanges; one more vote to go," 7 Aug. 2019 David Lurie, a lawyer who represents the Nahant Preservation Trust, says the bill would provide extra assurances by codifying wetlands protections in state law and extending those protections to natural resource districts. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill could limit nonprofits’ power to bypass zoning," 16 July 2019 In December 2017, President Trump signed a space-policy document codifying this human-exploration plan. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Americans aren’t interested in the Moon and Mars—and that’s understandable," 20 June 2019 Congressional action should codify what the administration has already done and expand the reform in several ways. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, "A Health Plan for President Trump," 1 Aug. 2019 In other words, the two men together codified one of the most important developments of musical theater in the ’60s: the concept musical. Aja Romano, Vox, "Broadway director Harold Prince left an unparalleled legacy of masterworks," 1 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane and the Max Roach Quintet with Clifford Brown were codifying a large swath of the emerging mainstream. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 The bill, which passed both chambers of the state legislature last month, codifies existing practices. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Not Every State Is Restricting Abortion Rights—Some Are Expanding Them," 13 June 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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codify

verb

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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