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v. ram·i·fied, ram·i·fy·ing, ram·i·fies
1. To have complicating consequences or outgrowths: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.
2. To send out branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
To divide into or cause to extend in branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
[Middle English ramifien, to branch out, from Old French ramifier, from Medieval Latin rāmificāre : Latin rāmus, branch; see wrād- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
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vb, -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to divide into branches or branchlike parts
2. (intr) to develop complicating consequences; become complex
[C16: from French ramifier, from Latin rāmus branch + facere to make]
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v.t., v.i. -fied, -fy•ing.
to spread out into branches or branchlike parts; extend into subdivisions.
[1535–45; < Middle French ramifier < Medieval Latin rāmificāre < Latin rām(us) branch]
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Past participle: ramified
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|Verb||1.||ramify - have or develop complicating consequences; "These actions will ramify"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
|2.||ramify - grow and send out branches or branch-like structures; "these plants ramify early and get to be very large"|
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
|3.||ramify - divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"|
branch, ramify - grow and send out branches or branch-like structures; "these plants ramify early and get to be very large"
twig - branch out in a twiglike manner; "The lightning bolt twigged in several directions"
bifurcate - divide into two branches; "The road bifurcated"
trifurcate - divide into three; "The road trifurcates at the bridge"
diverge - move or draw apart; "The two paths diverge here"
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ramify[ˈræmɪfaɪ] VI → ramificarse
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v. ramificar; ramificarse.
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