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ramify

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verb ram·i·fy \ˈra-mə-ˌfī\

Definition of ramify

ram·i·fiedram·i·fy·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to split up into branches or constituent parts

  3. 2 :  to send forth branches or extensions

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to branch

  6. 2 :  to separate into divisions



Examples of ramify

  1. <the rise of cable television ramified the audience, creating ever smaller segments for an ever growing array of programming choices>



Origin of ramify

Middle English ramifien, from Anglo-French ramifier, from Medieval Latin ramificare, from Latin ramus branch; akin to Latin radix root — more at root


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with ramify

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Medical Dictionary

ramify

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intransitive verb ram·i·fy \ˈram-ə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of ramify

ram·i·fiedram·i·fy·ing

  1. :  to split up into branches or constituent parts





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