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Meaning of stratify

strat•i•fy

Pronunciation: (strat'u-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to form or place in strata or layers.
  2. to preserve or germinate (seeds) by placing them between layers of earth.
  3. to arrange in a hierarchical order, esp. according to graded status levels.
—v.i.
  1. to form strata.
  2. to lie in beds or layers.
  3. to develop hierarchically, esp. as graded status levels.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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