ramify

The verb ramify describes something that branches off or spreads, like the new subway lines that ramify across your city and reach even the neighborhoods farthest from the center.

Ramify came into English through French, but it traces all the way back to the Latin word ramus, meaning "branch." It can describe things that literally branch out in segments, or it can be used figuratively to describe things that spread, like the effects of a new policy that ramify through your school. Ramify might seem like a strange word, but you probably know the related word ramification, a consequence that stems — or branches — from some other action.

Primary Meanings of ramify

1.
v
have or develop complicating consequences
2.
v
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
Full Definitions of ramify
1

v have or develop complicating consequences

“These actions will ramify
Synonyms:
complexify
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

v grow and send out branches or branch-like structures

“these plants ramify early and get to be very large”
Synonyms:
branch
branch, fork, furcate, separate
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

Synonyms:
branch, fork, furcate, separate
branch
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
Types:
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arborise, arborize
branch out like trees
twig
branch out in a twiglike manner
bifurcate
divide into two branches
trifurcate
divide into three
Type of:
diverge
move or draw apart

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