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[kod-uh-fahy, koh-duh-] /ˈkɒd əˌfaɪ, ˈkoʊ də-/
verb (used with object), codified, codifying.
to reduce (laws, rules, etc.) to a code.
to make a digest of; arrange in a systematic collection.
Origin of codify
First recorded in 1795-1805; code + -ify
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[kod-uh-fahy-uh-bil-i-tee, koh-duh-] /ˌkɒd əˌfaɪ əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌkoʊ də-/ (Show IPA),
codifier, noun
noncodified, adjective
recodify, verb (used with object), recodified, recodifying.
uncodified, adjective
2. classify, catalog, order, organize, group. Unabridged
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  • codified, it was in a sense the forerunner of the Code Napoleon.

  • Archives have been thrown open, ransacked, catalogued and codified.

    Terre Napoleon Ernest Scott
  • A codified law and precedent cases were of no account to this "equity" judge.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • It was not codified, yet its authority was universally deferred to and folios were written about it.

    Pretty Michal Mr Jkai
  • Act of March 3, which codified and strengthened the previous statutes.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
British Dictionary definitions for codified


/ˈkəʊdɪˌfaɪ; ˈkɒ-/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to organize or collect together (laws, rules, procedures, etc) into a system or code
Derived Forms
codifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for codified



c.1800, from code (n.) + -fy. Related: codified; codifying; codification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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