transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- 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 do
to become stratified
verbstrat·i·fied, strat·i·fy·ing, strat·i·fies
- To form, arrange, or deposit in layers.
- To prepare (seeds) for germination by storing them under cold, moist conditions.
- 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)