Definition of codify in English:



  • 1 Arrange (laws or rules) into a systematic code.

    • ‘Gratian's great contribution was to codify canon law in 1141 by making it more systematic and logical.’
    • ‘In fact, proper legislation simply codified laws that were pre-existent.’
    • ‘This submission codifies case law and makes explicit the treatment of capital gains derived by a business.’
    • ‘Aristotle considered all aspects of legal discourse, attempting to codify the rules for making a persuasive legal argument.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, due to its evolving nature, these rules aren't codified in one place, nor are they even agreed upon.’
    • ‘When I speak of just war criteria, I mean a specific and codified set of rules of conduct by which particular wars may be evaluated.’
    • ‘This prompted a publisher to ask her to codify the rules for publication.’
    • ‘These provisions fully support the view that certain articles of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea codify customary law.’
    • ‘He even wanted to codify the common law, overstating, like all good reformers, the possible objectives of reform.’
    • ‘Social and business rules can be codified and instantiated within technology.’
    • ‘A new approach might try to impose some order, codifying the rules by which Britain is governed.’
    • ‘The point is that when we codify the common law we seek to bring consistency.’
    • ‘In codifying the grammatical rules of Sanskrit as he did, Panini was instrumental in closing the language.’
    • ‘The Old Testament contains codified moral laws, such as those we find summarised in the Ten Commandments.’
    • ‘A material witness statute was enacted in 1984 in a bipartisanship effort to codify common law in this area.’
    • ‘American attorneys brought the code to the attention of Albanian lawyers to help Albania codify their new legislation after the collapse of communism.’
    • ‘Even if English law were codified, it seems likely that courts would retain some power to develop defences to liability by creating new rules and extending old ones.’
    • ‘A promise to codify all criminal law into a single act is also being looked at by an expert group which has not yet reported back.’
    • ‘When the statute became the first codified copyright law almost 300 years ago authors wanted to make sure their books were not sold under another person's name.’
    • ‘Did this drift so impress his youthful sensibility that he codified it as a rule of grammar?’
    systematize, systemize, organize, arrange, order, marshal, set out, chart, structure, tabulate, catalogue, list, sort, dispose, index, classify, class, categorize, compile, group, range, file, log, grade, rate, assort
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    1. 1.1Arrange according to a plan or system.
      ‘Verdi helped codify an international operatic culture’
      • ‘In this era of authors, we see the American language and value system codified in literature.’
      • ‘It is an ancient and codified system of training your mind, a set of exercises dedicated to the purpose of becoming more and more aware of your own life experience.’
      • ‘To ensure visibility, we must codify these requirements in existing operation plans.’
      • ‘The city's Board of Supervisors earlier this year codified existing practice by banning filters on public computers used by adults and teens.’
      • ‘This group met regularly with the brief to codify existing court and character dances.’
      • ‘Now Republican leaders in the Senate plan to codify these ties.’
      • ‘It is an attempt to codify international relations in the post-Cold War era, institutionalising the political effects of globalisation.’
      • ‘The need to codify nearly all possible behavior into a charter looks a lot like micro-management at the political level.’
      • ‘The workload component does little more than codify existing practices in most schools and will simply perpetuate current conditions.’
      • ‘A government sponsored, codified system of traditional medicine draws on elements of Chinese and Indian medicine.’
      • ‘The French-German partnership has provided the leadership necessary for codifying already existing practices and providing visions for the future.’
      • ‘This style is clearly part of a baroque aesthetic of the table which corresponds to a highly codified system of manners, in which protocol and precedence reigned supreme.’
      • ‘Norms may also codify the procedures for international transactions.’
      • ‘Yet the UN Charter sought to instil some order into world affairs in the aftermath of the Second World War, by codifying international political principles.’
      • ‘The authors wish to codify and clarify where privacy and free speech rights begin and end.’
      • ‘Then, having identified the distinguishing features, the book proceeded to codify them into rules for achieving literary elegance.’
      • ‘Increased rationalization of the stock system thus leads to more codified systems of casting and increased typecasting.’
      • ‘How can the genetic codes which stimulate and codify the make-up of every cell of a living organism be bought and sold?’
      • ‘He codified a layered system of mosque types, reflecting hierarchies of social status and territorial rank, shaped by notions of identity, memory and decorum.’
      • ‘They created a platform-based organization and codified a cycle plan for four new platforms and five new power trains.’