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.

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The convention codified the rules of war. The author tries to codify important ideas about language.
Recent Examples on the Web Jordan’s special role as a guarantor over these important historical and religious sites was codified in the Israeli-Jordanian peace agreement of 1994, which ended decades of open hostilities. Fox News, "Trump's Mideast peace plan could have major long-term implications for ally Jordan," 1 Feb. 2020 Existing rules of the road haven’t been codified in a formal rule. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "U.S. Regulators Propose Removing Limit on Banks’ Ownership of Venture Capital Funds," 30 Jan. 2020 After Lee won reelection handily, America’s security guarantee — codified in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act — restrained Beijing from outright invasion. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020 Later that preservation was codified into law, first limiting logging in Rosario and then outlawing it entirely. Washington Post, "He told me of his battle to save the monarch butterfly from illegal loggers. Now he’s gone missing.," 23 Jan. 2020 These guidelines, which are based on national standards, are codified in the state’s roadway design manual, which was last updated April 2018. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Why are on-ramps in Dallas so short? Curious Texas goes for a drive," 17 Jan. 2020 That designation got codified in the state law, which means the city is not allowed to set building height limits below seven stories on the BART lot. Rachel Swan,, "Berkeley overcomes reservations to move ahead with housing at BART stations," 18 Dec. 2019 The events that precipitated our modern day celebrations occurred long ago, before libraries, photos, and way before the internet, and very little of what actually went down at that first Thanksgiving table was codified in writing. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving—and Why Does It Fall on a Thursday?," 12 Aug. 2019 It's codified in the text that governs the state, lawyers and state politicians say. Author: Margaret Newkirk, Erik Larson, Anchorage Daily News, "Battle brews to dump Jim Crow-era voting rules in deep South," 4 Aug. 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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“Codify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 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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