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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Legislation in the past century which codified and restricted how Americans could attain or trade gold seems to have intensified the longing for it. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Earlier this year, New York City updated a law codifying definitions of racial discrimination to include hairstyles. Sarah Midkiff,, "California To Become First State To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair," 30 June 2019 There are other updates in this, as well as codifying what is privileged and what is confidential. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "'Hide the evidence': New Texas law may help GOP keep secrets about its redistricting strategy," 28 June 2019 And since 2014, a growing consortium of network operators and the Internet Society have been codifying and promoting BGP best practices through the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, or MANRS. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages," 28 June 2019 But Charo notes a new president could reverse the policy, which is not codified in law. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "In wake of Trump's fetal tissue clampdown, scientists strain to adjust," 11 June 2019 The development in Congress only means the program will not be codified into law. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "Congress Scraps Provision to Restrict IRS From Competing With TurboTax," 5 June 2019 Congress has also proposed a number of measures aimed at codifying net neutrality in law. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Democrats press Mitch McConnell to take up net neutrality bill," 11 June 2019 Rulemaking would more firmly codify cost-benefit principles outlined in OMB's Circular A-4 and in Executive Order 12866, said Eisenberg. Niina H. Farah, Scientific American, "Planned Changes to EPA Pollution Analyses Align with Industry Requests," 31 May 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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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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