ev·​i·​dent | \ ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce evident (audio) , -və-ˌdent \

Definition of evident

: clear to the vision or understanding

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evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion. an evident fondness for sweets manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required. manifest hostility patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it. patent defects distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required. a distinct refusal obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer. the obvious solution apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference. for no apparent reason plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration. her feelings about him are plain clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern. a clear explanation

Examples of evident in a Sentence

She spoke with evident anguish about the death of her son. The problems have been evident for quite some time.
Recent Examples on the Web Nowhere is that more evident than during our annual Women of the Year Awards. Glamour, "Glamour: 30 Years of Women Who Have Reshaped the World," 16 Oct. 2020 Kelly's own stance on her image and dieting has largely evolved over the years; her positive approach to body image is more evident now than ever before, especially after opening up about her sobriety journey. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Say Kelly Osbourne Is a "Goddess" After She Posts Gorgeous New Instagrams," 12 Oct. 2020 For certain, called runs for Feleipe Franks are more evident than QB runs were under Morris. Giana Han, al, "5 questions with an Arkansas beat writer," 9 Oct. 2020 The valley’s unexpected grandeur is nowhere more evident than in and around Peninsula, a postcard-esque (and postage-stamp-size) village that is, in many ways, the heart of the 33,000-acre national park. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 Nowhere is that contrast more evident than a common opponent in Amherst. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Dress rehearsals conclude shortened regular season: Week 6 high school football preview," 30 Sep. 2020 Nowhere is this more evident than on Minneapolis streets owned and operated by Hennepin County. Ashwat Narayanan And Ron Burke, Star Tribune, "Car-centered streetscape is a driver of disparities," 24 Sep. 2020 Kenny Golladay: Golladay missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury, but his importance to this offense has never been more evident than the past two weeks. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions stock watch: Matthew Stafford's latest struggles may be beginning of the end," 21 Sep. 2020 Nowhere is this more evident than in his account of the Watergate coverage that ended in Richard Nixon’s resignation. Washington Post, "Inside the Washington Post newsroom: History-making moments and good gossip," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of evident

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for evident

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin evident-, evidens, from e- + vident-, videns, present participle of vidēre to see — more at wit

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“Evident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evident. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or mind


ev·​i·​dent | \ ˈe-və-dənt How to pronounce evident (audio) \

Kids Definition of evident

: clear to the sight or to the mind : plain The problem was evident to all of us.

Other Words from evident

evidently \ -​dənt-​lē , -​ˌdent-​ \ adverb

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