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.

Definitions of ramify
  1. verb
    have or develop complicating consequences
    “These actions will ramify
    synonyms: complexify
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    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
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  3. verb
    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
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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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