verb (used with object), strat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing.
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), strat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing.
to form strata.
Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
Sociology. to develop hierarchically, especially as graded status levels.
Origin of stratify
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied
to form or be formed in layers or strata
(tr) 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
Word Origin for stratify
C17: from French stratifier, from New Latin stratificāre, from Latin stratum
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1660s, from French stratifier, from Modern Latin stratificare, from stratum (see stratum). Related: Stratified; stratifying.
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