strat·​i·​fy | \ ˈstra-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce stratify (audio) \
stratified; stratifying

Definition of stratify

transitive verb

1 : to form, deposit, or arrange in strata
2a : to divide or arrange into classes, castes, or social strata
b : to divide into a series of graded statuses

intransitive verb

: to become arranged in strata

Examples of stratify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier efforts to find a signature without using AI failed, the paper shows, and patients’ symptoms did not help to stratify them. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Is an Antidepressant Right for You? Ask Your Brain Waves," 10 Feb. 2020 Ford, who is part of the team that stratified these trials, is trying to weigh the risks and benefits of slowing or halting trials for at least 2 months. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Updated: Labs go quiet as researchers brace for long-term coronavirus disruptions," 16 Mar. 2020 Of the top two candidates, those under age 50 were much more likely to say Sanders is the strongest candidate to face Trump, and Biden was considered best positioned by those over 50, but his support is more stratified across the age groups. Kendall Karson, ABC News, "Recent debates give emboldened Bernie Sanders electability edge: POLL," 28 Feb. 2020 For now, the field has stratified into the billionaire and the socialist, and everyone else. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Sanders and Bloomberg, an odd couple of 78-year-olds, share honors as front runner-targets in debate," 26 Feb. 2020 The industry stratifies customers in a manner rather similar to airlines. The Economist, "Wealth managers are promising business-class service for the masses," 18 Dec. 2019 Race was used to categorize different groups of people based on skin color, and to stratify the different groups into distinct class structures. Kelley Fanto Deetz, The Conversation, "Setting the historical record straight for the critics of The New York Times project on slavery in America," 23 Aug. 2019 As Frank sees it, the EDC world is the convergence of many smaller crowds, such as flashlight or firearms enthusiasts, which are themselves stratified into different use cases. Steven T. Wright, Vox, "Meet the men obsessed with carrying all the right stuff," 24 July 2019 Three groups, stratified among the four front-runners, six in the next tier, and 10 basement dwellers. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "No Texas rematch for Castro and O'Rourke in second Dem debate, but Biden gets another shot at Harris," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of stratify

1661, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for stratify

New Latin stratificare, from stratum + Latin -ificare -ify

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“Stratify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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