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codenoun

 us   /koʊd/
  • 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.

codeverb [T]

 us   /koʊd/
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]  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 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 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.

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  • 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.
[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/ethics

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  • code noun (GENES)

specialized medical [C or U] an arrangement of genetic material in DNA (= the chemical that carries genetic information 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 computer programs: computer/digital code Java computer 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 members follow 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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