man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio) , -ˌfe-ˈstā- \

Definition of manifestation

1a : the act, process, or an instance of manifesting demanded some manifestation of repentance
b(1) : something that manifests or is manifest
(2) : a perceptible, outward, or visible expression external manifestations of gender
c : one of the forms in which an individual is manifested Hate in all its manifestations is wrong.
d : an occult phenomenon specifically : materialization
2 : a public demonstration of power and purpose meetings, parades, and other such manifestations— H. M. Parshley

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Examples of manifestation in a Sentence

a portrait of a mother and child that is regarded as the very manifestation of maternal love
Recent Examples on the Web Kattan says Glowish is the manifestation of her own personal beauty path, from cake face to bare skin, and now this middle ground. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The unusual pairing is the latest manifestation of a grudge match between one of Japan’s most powerful companies and, arguably, one of its most stubborn men. New York Times, 6 May 2021 And as of April 12, Humm and Eleven Madison Park have a physical manifestation of their presence in the communities: a food truck decked out with the restaurant’s distinctive logo, staffed by EMP employees. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, 10 May 2021 In many ways, technology is already playing a role in manifestation and mindset practices. Annie Brown, Forbes, 4 May 2021 This belief is a manifestation of hindsight bias and the false belief in linear causality. Shem Malmquist, Wired, 24 Apr. 2021 Christian seders often turn the afikomen — or dessert matzah that is traditionally hidden at the Jewish Passover meal — into bread of the Eucharist, or a physical manifestation of Christ., 30 Mar. 2021 The manifestation of this imbalance is clearly visible if one looks at any cloud migration initiatives that would clearly demonstrate the above fact. Murthy Malapaka, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The most troubling manifestation of the syndrome is something called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or CVST, though some people also had pulmonary embolisms or clots in their lungs and clots in limbs. Helen Branswell, STAT, 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of manifestation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Manifestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manifestation

: a sign that shows something clearly
: one of the forms that something has when it appears or occurs
: an occurrence in which the ghost or spirit of a dead person appears


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \

Kids Definition of manifestation

1 : the act of showing plainly It was his only manifestation of concern.
2 : something that makes clear : evidence Crocuses are an early manifestation of spring.


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌman-ə-fə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfes- How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \

Medical Definition of manifestation

: a perceptible, outward, or visible expression (as of a disease or abnormal condition) the manifestations of shock


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