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 Now the hospital system is using a similar approach to analyze tens of thousands of patient records, stratify their virus risks and notify those who are eligible to get the vaccine under state rules. New York Times, "Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, and Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide," 7 Feb. 2021 Penn Medicine, for example, has designed a Covid-19 chatbot to stratify patients and facilitate triage. Satish Gattadahalli, STAT, "Ten steps to ethics-based governance of AI in health care," 3 Nov. 2020 Without air currents to move it, the heat will stratify in the highest places as stay there, which warms the stove room nicely but doesn't help with the rest of the house. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons You Need a Wood Stove Fan," 19 Sep. 2019 Mass General Brigham developed a Covid-19 screener chatbot to rapidly stratify sick patients, facilitate triage of patients to appropriate care settings, and alleviate the workload on contact centers. Satish Gattadahalli, STAT, "Ten steps to ethics-based governance of AI in health care," 3 Nov. 2020 Officials claimed that would violate medical privacy law, even though many other states stratify case counts by Zip code. Washington Post, "The outbreak," 24 Sep. 2020 In recent decades, airlines have made huge amounts of money from stratifying their passengers, encouraging fliers to pay for the privileges that come with a higher boarding group or a loftier status. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "The Exclusivity Economy," 21 Apr. 2020 The work was precarious and racially-stratified, but the auto industry paved the way to the middle-class for black Detroiters. Tammy Joyner, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 and Detroit: How racial inequity turned deadly in a city amid a comeback," 20 Apr. 2020 Practically speaking, modern census takers lack the punitive powers of their classical predecessors, the powerful censors of the Roman Republic (509–27 BCE) who enumerated the population and stratified it by class. Andrew Whitby, Time, "Filling Out a Census Has Always Been a Political Act," 17 Apr. 2020

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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 12 Apr. 2021.

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