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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
1795-1805; code + -ify
Related forms
[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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  • To codify is to classify, and Bentham might be defined as a codifying animal.

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

  • Hence it was possible to elaborate a consistent system of Halachah, and eventually to codify it all.

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

    Ben's Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger
  • Then begin by stating what are our duties, and codify what is good and what is bad.

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

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for codify


/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 codify

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

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