Definition of stratify in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstratɪfʌɪ

verb (stratifies, stratifying, stratified)

[with object] (usually as adjective stratified)
  • 1Form or arrange into strata: socially stratified cities [no object]: the residues have begun to stratify
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    • The continental crust is not stratified like the oceanic crust and so does not have a characteristic seismic velocity structure.
    • Some andesitic and felsic intrusions created a minor, stratified volcaniclastic component via hydrovolcanic eruptions.
    • The measured succession crops out continuously and is well stratified.
  • 1.1Arrange or classify: stratifying patients into well-defined risk groups
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    • With this index, patients are stratified into three risk categories based on their total points.
    • The International Obesity Task Force has stratified patients into different classes of obesity.
    • To optimise treatment, patients should be stratified into risk categories to allow the most appropriate prophylactic measure to be used.
  • 1.2Place (seeds) close together in layers in moist sand or peat to preserve them or to help them germinate: rose seeds stratified in November may be sown outdoors
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    • The seeds were stratified and germinated in a greenhouse at Rutgers University.
    • Seeds were stratified at 4°C, under moist conditions for 2 weeks before planting.
    • Seeds were stratified at approximately 5°C in damp paper towels for 2-4 weeks and planted in flats.



Pronunciation: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Nevertheless, even here the stratification of classes does not appear in its pure form.
  • Apart from class stratification, individuals are also categorized by occupation.
  • The worker's status has more symbolic than substantial value in China's dual class stratifications.

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