intransitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
to divide or spread out into branches or branchlike divisions
Origin of ramifyFrench ramifier from Medieval Latin ramificare from Classical Latin ramus, branch (see root) + facere, to make, do
verbram·i·fied, ram·i·fy·ing, ram·i·fies
- To have complicating consequences or outgrowths: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.
- To send out branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
To divide into or cause to extend in branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
Origin of ramifyMiddle English ramifien to branch out from Old French ramifier from Medieval Latin rāmificāre Latin rāmus branch ; see wrād- in Indo-European roots.Latin -ficāre -fy
(third-person singular simple present ramifies, present participle ramifying, simple past and past participle ramified)