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
1655–65;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
modeled on New Latin strātificāre,
equivalent to strāti- strati-
+ -ficāre -fy
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Examples from the Web for stratify
Historical Examples of stratify
It will stratify, and force itself onward through the adjacent and opposing atmosphere, and in a right line.
But already the Mississippi Valley was beginning to stratify, both socially and geographically.
A gas, as explained, is of such a character that it remains fixed and will not stratify or condense.
Society will stratify itself according to the laws of social gravitation.
British Dictionary definitions for stratify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Derived Formsstratified, adjective
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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Word Origin and History for stratify
1660s, from French stratifier, from Modern Latin stratificare, from stratum (see stratum). Related: Stratified; stratifying.
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