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[ram-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with or without object), ram·i·fied, ram·i·fy·ing.
  1. to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike parts; extend into subdivisions.
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Origin of ramify

1535–45; < Middle French ramifier < Medieval Latin rāmificāre, equivalent to Latin rām(us) branch (see ramus) + -ificāre -ify
Related formsmul·ti·ram·i·fied, adjectiveun·ram·i·fied, adjective
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Related Words for ramify

fork, proliferate, develop, divide, extend, separate, bifurcate, subdivide, enlarge, diverge, increase, spread, part, multiply, diversify, grow, expand

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Historical Examples of ramify

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for ramify

ramify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to divide into branches or branchlike parts
  2. (intr) to develop complicating consequences; become complex
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Word Origin for ramify

C16: from French ramifier, from Latin rāmus branch + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ramify

v.

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

(rămə-fī′)
v.
  1. To branch.
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