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[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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Examples for stratify
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for stratify

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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