- to form or arrange in layers or strata
- to preserve (seeds) by placing them between layers of moisture-retaining soil, peat moss, etc.
- to classify or separate (people) into groups graded according to status as variously determined by birth, income, education, etc.
Origin of stratifyFrench stratifier ; from Modern Latin stratificare ; from Classical Latin stratum, layer + facere, to make: see stratum and amp; do
to become stratified
verbstrat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing, strat·i·fies
- To form, arrange, or deposit in layers.
- To preserve (seeds) by placing them between layers of moist sand or similar material.
- a. To arrange or separate into castes, classes, or social levels.b. To separate into a sequence of graded status levels.
- To become layered; form strata.
- To develop different levels of caste, class, privilege, or status.
(third-person singular simple present stratifies, present participle stratifying, simple past and past participle stratified)