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Definition of "stratify" [strat•i•fy]

  • To form, arrange, or deposit in layers. (verb-transitive)
  • To preserve (seeds) by placing them between layers of moist sand or similar material. (verb-transitive)
  • To arrange or separate into castes, classes, or social levels. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate into a sequence of graded status levels. (verb-transitive)
  • To become layered; form strata. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stratify" in a sentence
  • "I continue to object to being read as someone who wants to "stratify" the Gospel of Thomas."
  • "It will stratify, meaning it will likely follow the air currents as it travels through our home. ""
  • "In fact, fewer options automatically stratify such students further by funneling them into the Cal State University and California Community College systems."