code

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Code is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Noun[change]

Singular
code

Plural
codes

  1. (countable) A code is a set of rules or laws.
    Children usually learn their parents' moral code.
    Section 244(1) (a) of the Canadian Criminal Code defines assault.
  2. (countable & uncountable) A code is a way of storing or sending information, often secretly or in a way that is readable by computers.
    Microsoft has also licensed Windows source code to companies such as Citrix Systems.
    In World War II, mathematicians and scientists broke the enemy's secret code.

Synonyms[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
code

Third-person singular
codes

Past tense
coded

Past participle
coded

Present participle
coding

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If something is coded, it is written or stored in a code.
    The completed questionnaires were coded by two people.
    The wide variety of proteins in the cells are all coded for by the genes in the nucleus.

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