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.

1655–65; modeled on Neo-Latin strātificāre, equivalent to strāti- strati- + -ficāre -fy

de-stratify, verb (used with object), de-stratified, de-stratifying.
multistratified, adjective
nonstratified, adjective
semistratified, adjective Unabridged
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stratify (ˈstrætɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to form or be formed in layers or strata
2.  (tr) 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
[C17: from French stratifier, from New Latin stratificāre, from Latin stratum]

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Example sentences
Together, these developments are helping to stratify the metropolitan region.
Simply stratify by ethnic group and replot the trends.
Temperate lakes tend to stratify, with cold water sinking to the bottom and warm water floating on top.
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