verb (used with object), stratified, stratifying.
to form or place in strata
to preserve or germinate (seeds) by placing them between layers of earth.
Sociology. to arrange in a hierarchical order, especially according to graded status levels.
verb (used without object), stratified, stratifying.
Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
Sociology. to develop hierarchically, especially as graded status levels.
Origin: 1655–65; Related forms
modeled on Neo-Latin strātificāre,
equivalent to strāti- strati-
+ -ficāre -fy
de-stratify, verb (used with object), de-stratified, de-stratifying.