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codifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkəʊ.dɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈkɑː.də.faɪ/ formal

Examples from literature

  • He collected the scattered codes, so far as laws were codified, of the various Germanic nations, and modified them. 
  • In society it takes the form of custom which, when codified, is called law and when enforced is called government. 
  • Instead of simply developing our morals from custom, and therefore codifying them into law as in the school they are now boldly criticised, as in part if not in whole, hindrances to a better state of things. 
  • The Roman law, the law of citizens, had been codified two centuries earlier, and its outline had been hardened by the practice of two centuries. 
  • The grumbles, the complaints, and so forth, had never been codified. 

(Definition of “codify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"codify" in American English

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codifyverb [ T ]

/ˈkɑd·əˌfɑɪ, ˈkoʊd-/

politics & government to organize and write a law or system of laws

(Definition of “codify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"codify" in Business English

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codifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkəʊdɪfaɪ/ us /ˈkɑː-/ formal

LAW to arrange something such as laws or rules into a formal system for people to follow:

The essential function of our organization is to codify best banking practice.
codify sth into sth We don't object to better standards, but we don't want them codified into state law.

(Definition of “codify” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)