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code

noun  /koʊd/ us  

code noun (SPECIAL LANGUAGE)

[C/U] a system for representing information with signs or symbols that are not ordinary language, or the signs or symbols themselves: [U] Andrew writes computer code. [C] Callers punch in four-digit access codes for various topics.

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 tell people what to do: Faculty members are expected to follow the school’s honor code. Is there a dress code where you work? Fire codes prohibit locking classroom doors.

code

verb [T]  /koʊd/ us  
to represent information in a way that is not ordinary language, as with special signs or symbols: Many areas of the brain code and store information.
coded
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈkoʊ·dɪd/ us  
Electronically coded cards are issued to food-stamp recipients.
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