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[kod-uh-fahy, koh-duh-]
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verb (used with object), cod·i·fied, cod·i·fy·ing.
  1. to reduce (laws, rules, etc.) to a code.
  2. to make a digest of; arrange in a systematic collection.
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Origin of codify

First recorded in 1795–1805; code + -ify
Related formscod·i·fi·a·bil·i·ty [kod-uh-fahy-uh-bil-i-tee, koh-duh-] /ˌkɒd əˌfaɪ əˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌkoʊ də-/, nouncod·i·fi·er, nounnon·cod·i·fied, adjectivere·cod·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·cod·i·fied, re·cod·i·fy·ing.un·cod·i·fied, adjective

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Related Words for codified

summarize, organize, condense, collect, catalogue, code, tabulate, classify, order, digest, arrange

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Contemporary Examples of codified

Historical Examples of codified

  • 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.

  • Act of March 3, which codified and strengthened the previous statutes.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

British Dictionary definitions for codified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to organize or collect together (laws, rules, procedures, etc) into a system or code
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Derived Formscodifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for codified



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

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