- The definition of codify means to arrange or put in order.
- Organizing recipes by alphabetical order is an example of to codify.
- Putting photos in chronological order is an example of to codify.
transitive verbcod·i·fied, cod·i·fy·ing, cod·i·fies
- To organize or arrange systematically, especially in writing: “Arguments for the existence of God have been codified for centuries by theologians” (Richard Dawkins).
- To establish or express in a conventional form or standard formulation: “The unification of motion and rest &ellipsis; was proposed by Galileo and codified in Newton's first law of motion” (Lee Smolin).
- To turn (a common law requirement or practice) into law.
(third-person singular simple present codifies, present participle codifying, simple past and past participle codified)
codify - Legal Definition
- To arrange, compile, organize, and systematize into a code the statutes, or the entire body of law (including case law) of a country or state or the statutes or the body of law concerning a particular area of the law.
- To enact a statute that restates the body of a particular area of law including applicable common law principles and the judicial interpretation of previous or existing statutes. See also statute.