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 The Marmara’s warming surface temperature also caused its waters to stratify, slowing the currents that would normally help disrupt algae growth. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, 18 Dec. 2021 The survey, however, was restricted to uncomplicated pregnancies and did not stratify the data by race or ethnicity, or household income. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2021 When caller authenticity cannot be confirmed, the STIR/SHAKEN attestations level, calling history, call routing and other signals can then be used to stratify these callers by trust level, using probabilistic risk assessment. Robert Mckay, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 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, 7 Feb. 2021 Penn Medicine, for example, has designed a Covid-19 chatbot to stratify patients and facilitate triage. Satish Gattadahalli, STAT, 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2020 Officials claimed that would violate medical privacy law, even though many other states stratify case counts by Zip code. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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