adjective man·i·fest \ˈma-nə-ˌfest\

: able to be seen : clearly shown or visible

: easy to understand or recognize

Full Definition of MANIFEST

:  readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight
:  easily understood or recognized by the mind :  obvious
man·i·fest·ly adverb

Examples of MANIFEST

  1. Their sadness was manifest in their faces.
  2. His love for literature is manifest in his large library.
  3. There was manifest confusion in the streets.
  4. The argument, for all of its manifest inadequacies … captured the national imagination and shaped subsequent religious discourse. It provided a vocabulary, an explanation, and a new set of boundaries for the restructured American religion that had by then been developing for half a century. —Jonathan D. Sarna, American Judaism, 2004

Origin of MANIFEST

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French manifeste, from Latin manifestus caught in the act, flagrant, obvious, perhaps from manus + -festus (akin to Latin infestus hostile)
First Known Use: 14th century


verb man·i·fest \ˈma-nə-ˌfest\

: to show (something) clearly

Full Definition of MANIFEST

transitive verb
:  to make evident or certain by showing or displaying
man·i·fest·er noun

Examples of MANIFEST

  1. Both sides have manifested a stubborn unwillingness to compromise.
  2. Their religious beliefs are manifested in every aspect of their lives.
  3. Her behavior problems began manifesting themselves soon after she left home.
  4. Malone has invited Barkley to spend a week … to relax, talk some basketball, eat some hot Louisiana food and kick around the subject of frustration, something they both feel but manifest in different ways. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 27 Apr. 1992

Origin of MANIFEST

(see 1manifest)
First Known Use: 14th century


noun man·i·fest \ˈma-nə-ˌfest\

Definition of MANIFEST

:  manifesto
:  a list of passengers or an invoice of cargo for a vehicle (as a ship or plane)

Examples of MANIFEST

  1. Since 2002, a program known as the Container Security Initiative requires our main trading partners to send to U.S. Customs and border Protection an electronic manifest for every U.S.-bound container twenty-four hours before it is loaded on a ship. —William Finnegan, New Yorker, 19 June 2006

Origin of MANIFEST

(see 1manifest)
First Known Use: 1561


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