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stratify

[strat-uh-fahy] /ˈstræt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), stratified, stratifying.
1.
to form or place in strata or layers.
2.
to preserve or germinate (seeds) by placing them between layers of earth.
3.
Sociology. to arrange in a hierarchical order, especially according to graded status levels.
verb (used without object), stratified, stratifying.
4.
to form strata.
5.
Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
6.
Sociology. to develop hierarchically, especially as graded status levels.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; modeled on Neo-Latin strātificāre, equivalent to strāti- strati- + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
de-stratify, verb (used with object), de-stratified, de-stratifying.
multistratified, adjective
nonstratified, adjective
semistratified, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for semistratified

stratify

/ˈstrætɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to form or be formed in layers or strata
2.
(transitive) to preserve or render fertile (seeds) by storing between layers of sand or earth
3.
(sociol) to divide (a society) into horizontal status groups or (of a society) to develop such groups
Derived Forms
stratified, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French stratifier, from New Latin stratificāre, from Latin stratum
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Word Origin and History for semistratified

stratify

v.

1660s, from French stratifier, from Modern Latin stratificare, from stratum (see stratum). Related: Stratified; stratifying.

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