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[strat-uh-fahy] /ˈstræt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), stratified, stratifying.
to form or place in strata or layers.
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.
to form strata.
Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
Sociology. to develop hierarchically, especially as graded status levels.
Origin of stratify
1655-65; modeled on New 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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stratified
  • Flying, of course, has long been socially stratified.
  • If anything, the country has become increasingly stratified over time.
  • Indeed, little stands between us and a society stratified by chromosomal perfection.
  • Clients and commissioners rarely come in contact in the stratified world of social services.
  • And they can sing various lines of the often stratified musical textures.
  • But socially and economically the place is still sharply stratified.
  • High school society is more rigidly stratified than the movie is willing to acknowledge.
  • It's a story that almost sags under the weight of its stratified narratives.
  • And it's a story than almost sags under the weight of its stratified narratives.
  • We also stratified our sample by two additional criteria: race and whether the respondent got a housing subsidy.
British Dictionary definitions for stratified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to form or be formed in layers or strata
(transitive) to preserve or render fertile (seeds) by storing between layers of sand or earth
(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 stratified



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

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stratified in Medicine

stratified strat·i·fied (strāt'ə-fīd')
Arranged in the form of layers or strata.

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