Definition of ramify in English:


Line breaks: ram¦ify
Pronunciation: /ˈramɪfʌɪ

verb (ramifies, ramifying, ramified)

[no object] formal or • technical
  • 1Form branches or offshoots; branch out: an elaborate system of canals was built, ramifying throughout the UK
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    • The weblike character of the text means that each datum will ramify in implications throughout.
    • This is because the organization of the economy has a series of effects which ramify through the society.
    • It then ramifies, or grows in a similar manner to a root system through the host, centering on the digestive system.
  • 1.1 [with object] (often as adjective ramified) Cause to branch out: a ramified genealogical network
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    • Frequently, the sewerage, water supply, as well as heat supply system is a concealed but quite ramified network existing several meters below the earth surface.
    • This makes it possible to build a sufficiently ramified network with the use of a variety of special devices.
    • Highly ramified issues of land ownership are confounding attempts either to relocate villages or to rebuild in the same places.


late Middle English: from Old French ramifier, from medieval Latin ramificare, from Latin ramus 'branch'.

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