complexify vs ramify what difference

what is difference between complexify and ramify



complex +‎ -ify


complexify (third-person singular simple present complexifies, present participle complexifying, simple past and past participle complexified)

  1. To make something more complex; to complicate.
    A surveilled target using properly encrypted VOIP can greatly complexify the task of wire-tapping.




Borrowed from Middle French ramifier, from Medieval Latin ramificare (to branch, ramify), from Latin rāmus (a branch) + faciō (do, make).


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɹæm.ɪ.faɪ/, /ˈɹæm.ə.faɪ/


ramify (third-person singular simple present ramifies, present participle ramifying, simple past and past participle ramified)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To divide into branches or subdivisions.
    • 1893, Henry Morris, Human Anatomy, page 648
      The cortical, hemispheral or superficial veins ramify on the surface of the brain and return the blood from the cortical substance into the venous sinuses.
  2. (figuratively) To spread or diversify into multiple fields or categories.
    • 2003, Wim van Binsbergen, Intercultural Encounters: African and anthropological lessons towards a philosophy of interculturality, page 285
      My point here is that the field within which such determination takes place is not bounded to constitute a single discipline, a single academic elite, a single language domain, a single culture, a single historical period, but that that field ramifies out so as to encompass, ultimately, the entire history of the whole of humankind.


  • (divide into branches): branch

Related terms

  • ramification
  • ramiform


Further reading

  • ramify in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • ramify in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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