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Definition of code verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    code

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they code
    BrE BrE//kəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊd//
     
    he / she / it codes
    BrE BrE//kəʊdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊdz//
     
    past simple coded
    BrE BrE//ˈkəʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊdɪd//
     
    past participle coded
    BrE BrE//ˈkəʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊdɪd//
     
    -ing form coding
    BrE BrE//ˈkəʊdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊdɪŋ//
     
    Computer software, Computer programming
     
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  1. 1[transitive] code something to write or print words, letters, numbers, etc. on something so that you know what it is, what group it belongs to, etc. Each order is coded separately.
  2. 2[transitive] code something to put a message into code so that it can only be understood by a few people
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] code (something) (computing) to write a computer program by putting one system of numbers, words and symbols into another system compare encode (2) See related entries: Computer software, Computer programming
  4. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin codex, codic- literally ‘block of wood’, later denoting a block split into leaves or tablets for writing on, hence a book. The term originally denoted a systematic collection of statutes made by Justinian or another of the later Roman emperors; compare with sense (5) (mid 18th cent.), the earliest modern sense.
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