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.


Nearby words

  1. stratified epithelium,
  2. stratified random sample,
  3. stratified sample,
  4. stratiform,
  5. stratiformis,
  6. stratig.,
  7. stratigraphy,
  8. strato-,
  9. stratocracy,
  10. stratocumulus

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

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British Dictionary definitions for stratified


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
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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Medicine definitions for stratified




Arranged in the form of layers or strata.

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