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code

noun uk   /kəʊd/ us    /koʊd/

code noun (LANGUAGE)

B2 [C or U] a system of words, letters, or signs used to represent a message in secret form, or a system of numbers, letters, or signals used to represent something in a shorter or more convenient form: The message was written in code. She managed to decipher/break/crack (= succeed in understanding) the code. Each entry in this dictionary has a grammar code.Codes and decodingSigns, signals and symbols

code noun (RULES)

C1 [C] a set of rules that are accepted as general principles, or a set of written rules that say how people in a particular organization or country should behave: Clinics will be subject to a new code of conduct and stronger controls by local authorities.Rules and laws [C] a set of principles that are accepted and used by society or a particular group of people: a moral code a code of behaviour/ethicsMorality and rules of behaviour

code noun (GENES)

specialized medical [C or U] an arrangement of genetic material in DNA (= the chemical that carries genetic information in cells): genetic codesMedicine

code

verb [T] uk   /kəʊd/ us    /koʊd/
to represent a message in code so that it can only be understood by the person who is meant to receive itCodes and decodingSigns, signals and symbols
(Definition of code from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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