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ramify

[v]
〔常用被动结构〕使分枝,使分叉;分派;使交错
生枝,分叉;被分派,分歧;交错
〔植〕分支
分枝;成网状
分岔

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.