Definition of stratify
1 : to form, deposit, or arrange in strata
2a : to divide or arrange into classes, castes, or social stratab : to divide into a series of graded statuses
: to become arranged in strata
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The new standards were scheduled to roll out across Illinois between 2010 and 2014, and were a fundamental shift, particularly for high schools used to stratifying students, placing them into different levels of classes based on their abilities.
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Origin and Etymology of stratify
New Latin stratificare, from stratum + Latin -ificare -ify
First Known Use: 1661See Words from the same year
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