Definition of ramify
1 : to split up into branches or constituent parts
2 : to send forth branches or extensions
1 : to cause to branch
2 : to separate into divisions
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Examples of ramify in a Sentence
the rise of cable television ramified the audience, creating ever smaller segments for an ever growing array of programming choices
How ramify Branched Off Latin
Ramify has been part of English since the 15th century and is an offshoot of the Latin word for "branch," which is "ramus." English acquired several scientific words from "ramus," including "biramous" ("having two branches"). Another English word derived from "ramus" is the now obsolete ramage, meaning "untamed" or "wild." "Ramage" originated in falconry-it was initially used of young hawks that had begun to fly from branch to branch in trees. "Ramify" started out as a scientific word, at first referring to branching parts of plants and trees and later to veins and nerves, but it soon branched out into non-scientific and even figurative uses, as in "ideas that ramify throughout society."
Medical Definition of ramify
: to split up into branches or constituent parts
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