codify

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verb cod·i·fy \ ˈkä-də-ˌfī , ˈkō- \

Definition of codify

codified; codifying
transitive verb
1 :to reduce to a code
  • The convention codified the rules of war.
2 a :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.

codifiability

play \ˌkä-də-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌkō-\ noun

codification

play \ˌkä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkō-\ noun

Examples of codify in a Sentence

  1. The convention codified the rules of war.

  2. The author tries to codify important ideas about language.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of codify


CODIFY Defined for English Language Learners

codify

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verb

Definition of codify for English Language Learners

  • : to put (laws or rules) together as a code or system

  • : to put (things) in an orderly form


Law Dictionary

codify

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transitive verb cod·i·fy \ ˈkä-də-ˌfī, ˈkō- \

legal Definition of codify

codified; codifying
:to reduce (laws) to a code

codification

play \ˌkä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkō-\ noun


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