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[ram-uh-fahy] /ˈræm əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with or without object), ramified, ramifying.
to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike parts; extend into subdivisions.
Origin of ramify
1535-45; < Middle French ramifier < Medieval Latin rāmificāre, equivalent to Latin rām(us) branch (see ramus) + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
multiramified, adjective
unramified, adjective Unabridged
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  • Philip knew these relatives well: they ramify, if need be, all over the peninsula.

  • The bazaars form the heart of the town, and ramify in various directions.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • It is also vascular and the veins which ramify it have a plexiform or net-work like arrangement.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • The nature of the thing is to ramify beyond human calculation.

  • When I'd got my local ground perfectly covered, I'd begin to ramify.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • The lines of this company are numerous, and ramify in many directions towards the east, north-east, and north.

  • The party was but small, for the Nestons were not one of those families that ramify into bewildering growths of cousins.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope
  • The air cells are not limited to the bones, but ramify through the body, and in some cases extend among the muscles.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • The first lesion of pleurisy is overfilling of the blood vessels that ramify in this membrane and dryness of the surface.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for ramify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to divide into branches or branchlike parts
(intransitive) to develop complicating consequences; become complex
Word Origin
C16: from French ramifier, from Latin rāmus branch + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ramify

early 15c., "branch out," from Middle French ramifier (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin ramificare "to form branches," from Latin ramus "branch" (see ramus) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Ramified; ramifying.

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ramify in Medicine

ramify ram·i·fy (rām'ə-fī')
v. ram·i·fied, ram·i·fy·ing, ram·i·fies
To branch.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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