[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.

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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Historical Examples of codify

  • To codify is to classify, and Bentham might be defined as a codifying animal.

  • Then begin by stating what are our duties, and codify what is good and what is bad.

  • That is, they refused to codify it and left it for the courts to decide.

  • There is nothing finical or foppish about the conventions which Mr. Harcourt undertakes to codify and explain.

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    Horatio, Jr. Alger

  • In 1858 he was chosen by the Seventh General Assembly one of the three commissioners to revise and codify the laws of the state.

British Dictionary definitions for codify


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

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

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