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

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The seeds stratify over the winter, which encourages them to germinate next spring. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 San Antonio is rapidly growing but its demographics are stratified in a number of ways. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA program paves way for health professionals from medically underserved communities," 15 June 2018 And stratifying patients based on genetic mutations is messy. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Can precision medicine do for depression what it’s done for cancer? It won’t be easy," 9 May 2018 An update from a similar series of studies undertaken in 2016, the report shows the many ways California continues to stratify. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "California housing crisis may lead to economic one, says report," 4 May 2018 The melting water stratifies the ocean column, with cold fresh water trapped at the surface and warmer water sitting below. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Why Scott Pruitt's decision on burning wood is so high stakes," 24 Apr. 2018 But what caused those initial high melt rates, which first caused the waters to stratify? Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Glaciers Are Helping Drive Their Own Melt," 20 Apr. 2018 The results of the study were also stratified by ethnicity, gender, age and pain diagnosis. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Drop in new opioid prescriptions to benzodiazepine patients could reduce overdoses, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018 This first stage gradually phased out as hunter-gatherer groups gave way to societies stratified into rulers and subjects. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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