0

Is there a verb with a meaning close to "split" or "break", but for layers or a hierarchy? As in "making a system/team/... layered"?

For example:

If we ________ the tech team, their performance will deteriorate.

The system is ___________ and the changes propagate from the top level to the bottom.

2

You can use the verb "layer." One meaning of the transitive form of that verb is:

form or arrange in layers

So

The system is layered, and consequently changes will propagate from top to bottom.

It does not work quite as well for your first example because "team" has the connotation of a unity.

If we layer tech teams, their performance will be poorer than that of a single integrated team.

| improve this answer | |
1

The verb "stratify" would seem to work well.

Stratify: to arrange in a hierarchical order, especially according to graded status levels.

If we statify the tech team, their performance will deteriorate.

The system is stratified and the changes propagate from the top level to the bottom.

| improve this answer | |
0

A rarely-seen word, hierarchize, is perhaps the closest match... but you might find objections to it as being unusual (though it's been used since at least 1884).

Other choices, such as ranking, might be better.

The second example calls for an adjective, and hierarchical is in common use... but a mouthful.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.