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verb (used with object), strat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing.
  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), strat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing.
  1. to form strata.
  2. Geology. to lie in beds or layers.
  3. 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 formsde-strat·i·fy, verb (used with object), de-strat·i·fied, de-strat·i·fy·ing.mul·ti·strat·i·fied, adjectivenon·strat·i·fied, adjectivesem·i·strat·i·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stratified

laminated, flaky, stratiform

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Contemporary Examples of stratified

  • Decadent, venal, ineffective, stratified, anxiety-ridden, stumbling from one declared crisis to the next—who wants that?

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    The Real Clash of Civilizations

    James Poulos

    March 1, 2014

  • There is nothing hypothetical about a stratified system of laws for people based on their ethnicity.

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    Apartheid Ambiguity

    Yousef Munayyer

    November 5, 2012

  • The U.S. is polarized, as well as stratified, and even the most basic facts become ideologically charged.

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    Pop Culture and the Recession

    David Frum

    April 30, 2012

Historical Examples of stratified

British Dictionary definitions for stratified


verb -fies, -fying or -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
Derived Formsstratified, adjective

Word Origin for stratify

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


  1. Arranged in the form of layers or strata.
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