- to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike parts; extend into subdivisions.
Origin of ramify
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Examples from the Web for ramify
These are serious sums of money that ramify through every economic calculation.David's Book Club: The Age of Austerity
February 21, 2012
Philip knew these relatives well: they ramify, if need be, all over the peninsula.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
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.The Cloister and the Hearth
When I'd got my local ground perfectly covered, I'd begin to ramify.A Modern Instance
William Dean Howells
- to divide into branches or branchlike parts
- (intr) to develop complicating consequences; become complex
C16: from French ramifier, from Latin rāmus branch + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ramify
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To branch.
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