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1. branch off. 2. have or develop complicated consequences.
When a plant ramifies it develops branches. Branches and sub branches grow out of it.
When a situation ramifies it develops complicated and unforeseen consequences. When an important decision is taken, it may ramify, that is, it may have certain unexpected and complicated results.
- Some kinds of plants ramify and grow to be large and tall. They develop branches far and wide.
- The hasty decisions they took affected not only them but also those having nothing to do with the decision. They never thought that the situation would ramify like that.