Definition of codify
codifiabilityplay \ˌkä-də-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌkō-\ noun
codificationplay \ˌkä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən, ˌkō-\ noun
Examples of codify in a Sentence
The convention codified the rules of war.
The author tries to codify important ideas about language.
Recent Examples of codify from the Web
The Seattle City Council, in an 8:0 vote Monday, passed a law that codifies the Police Department’s bias-free policing policies.
While some measures have been codified—like bail and death-penalty reform—state lawmakers have generally been reluctant to legislate internal prison policy for fear of undermining corrections officers.
That chamber recently passed, nearly unanimously, a robust sanctions package that would codify President Obama’s sanctions and expand them, taking direct aim at Russia’s (intertwined) defense and energy sectors.
The amendment codifies what previously had been a standing practice and adds an option for the mayor to get a monthly allowance, instead of the city providing a vehicle.
Everyone seems to know these rules, but they rarely get codified.
The Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion.
The Spanish state codified the process and ingredients to regulate the quality and geographic origins of Idiazabal cheese, a strategy to valorize this local product in the larger market place.
This week’s measure would also codify existing sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine.
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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.
CODIFY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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