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"code" in British English

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codenoun

uk   /kəʊd/  us   /koʊd/

code noun (LANGUAGE)

B2 [C or U] a ​system of words, ​letters, or ​signs used to ​represent a ​message in ​secretform, or a ​system of ​numbers, ​letters, or ​signals used to ​represent something in a ​shorter or more ​convenientform: 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.
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code noun (RULES)

C1 [C] a set of ​rules that are ​accepted as ​generalprinciples, or a set of written ​rules that say how ​people in a ​particularorganization or ​country should ​behave: Clinics will be ​subject to a new code of ​conduct and ​strongercontrols by ​localauthorities. [C] a set of ​principles that are ​accepted and used by ​society or a ​particulargroup of ​people: a ​moral code a code of ​behaviour/​ethics
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code noun (GENES)

specialized medical [C or U] an ​arrangement of ​geneticmaterial in ​DNA (= the ​chemical that ​carriesgeneticinformation in ​cells): genetic codes

codeverb [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 it
(Definition of code from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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codenoun

 us   /koʊd/

code noun (SPECIAL LANGUAGE)

[C/U] a ​system for ​representinginformation with ​signs or ​symbols that are not ​ordinarylanguage, or the ​signs or ​symbols themselves: [U] Andrew writes ​computer code. [C] Callers ​punch in four-digit ​access codes for ​varioustopics.

code noun (PATTERN)

biology /koʊd/ [C] genetic code

code noun (RULES)

[C] rules for the way ​people should ​behave, or a set of written ​rules or ​laws that ​tellpeople what to do: Faculty ​members are ​expected to ​follow the school’s ​honor code. Is there a ​dress code where you ​work? Fire codes ​prohibitlockingclassroomdoors.

codeverb [T]

 us   /koʊd/
to ​representinformation in a way that is not ​ordinarylanguage, as with ​specialsigns or ​symbols: Many ​areas of the ​brain code and ​storeinformation.
coded
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈkoʊ·dɪd/
Electronically coded ​cards are ​issued to food-stamp ​recipients.
(Definition of code from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"code" in Business English

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codenoun

uk   us   /kəʊd/
[C or U] a set or ​system of ​numbers, ​letters, or ​signs which is known only to particular ​people and ​represents something that is ​secret: access/security code You need an ​access code to get into the ​building.in code The ​message was written in code.
[C] a ​system of words, ​letters, or ​signs which is used to ​represent something so that it is ​easy to know which thing or ​type of thing it is: product/identification code The FDA Product Code describes a ​product or a ​group of ​products. We will give you a unique code to use when you make a ​booking.
[U] IT the ​letters, ​numbers, words, and ​symbols used for writing ​computerprograms: computer/digital code Javacomputer code write/​generate/​execute code
[C] a set of ​principles, or a set of ​rules which ​state how ​people in a particular ​organization, ​job, etc. should ​behave: abide by/follow a code All our ​membersfollow a strict ​professional code. He has his own moral code for the way he does ​business. a code of ​behaviour/​conduct
[C, usually singular] LAW a set of ​rules or ​laws: the state's legal code Their ​aim is to ​work out a code to end ​sweatshops.
(Definition of code from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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