manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight Their sadness was manifest in their faces.
2 : easily understood or recognized by the mind : obvious

manifest

verb
manifested; manifesting; manifests

Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying

manifest

noun

Definition of manifest (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from manifest

Adjective

manifestly adverb

Verb

manifester noun

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Adjective

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

Verb

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words. careful not to show his true feelings manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation. manifested musical ability at an early age evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something. a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs. evinced not the slightest fear demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling. demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

Adjective 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 Economics, the great model among us now, indulges and deprives, builds and abandons, threatens and promises. Its imperium is manifest, irrefragable—as in fact it has been since antiquity. — Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, 1998 Washington has long been uneasy about its relationship with Somalia, partly because of the manifest shakiness of the Siad Barre administration but also because of Somalia's continuing claims on the Ogaden. — John Borrell, Wall Street Journal, 23 Aug. 1982 His muscles were getting flabby, and his tailor called attention to his increasing waistband. In fact, Daylight was developing a definite paunch. This physical deterioration was manifest likewise in his face. — Jack London, Burning Daylight, 1910 Their sadness was manifest in their faces. His love for literature is manifest in his large library. There was manifest confusion in the streets. Verb 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 He asked what they had been doing in Dallas, and they told him that they were looking at the Sunbelt boom as manifested in the great Texas banks, thrifts and real estate operations. — John Kenneth Galbraith, A Tenured Professor, 1990 And if one is a pantheist … one might say that all nature is divinity and manifests itself in myriad forms and delightful complexities. — Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, 1986 Both sides have manifested a stubborn unwillingness to compromise. Their religious beliefs are manifested in every aspect of their lives. Her behavior problems began manifesting themselves soon after she left home. Noun 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 Has any passenger manifest been more fretted over than the Mayflower's? — Jack Hitt, Harper's, July 2005 But for me, finding it still in "use" is high on the manifest of writerly thrills longed for—along with seeing someone you don't know hungrily reading your book on an overland bus in Turkey; or noticing your book on the shelf behind the moderator on Meet the Press next to The Wealth of Nations and Giants in the Earth; or seeing your book on a list of overlooked American masterpieces compiled by former insiders in the Kennedy administration. — Richard Ford, Independence Day, 1995
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The film is best in its moments of conflict and the tentative understanding that emerges from them, a tribute to the writer-director’s manifest desire to press beyond the messy surface truth, with its self-evident legal parameters. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Charter': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 Beside its manifest injustices toward Muslims, the new law’s absurdities have left many Hindus just as bewildered. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 At the same time, his designs for opera and ballet were no mere sideshows to his authorial efforts — as the magnificent illustrations and set designs on display at the Morgan make manifest. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "The Haunting Magic of Maurice Sendak," 21 Sep. 2019 The manifest listed several teenagers and children, some as young as 1 or 2. Washington Post, "Ukrainian jet crash kills 176, sets off mourning in Canada," 8 Jan. 2020 As more and more large populations come online, pick up those super computers called iPhones and see the world and see what the world could be like for them, there is a growing manifest sense of discontent and inequality. CBS News, "Transcript: Admiral James Stavridis talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 4 Dec. 2019 Antipsychiatry activists successively deployed the findings in their effort to catalyze a national wave of deinstitutionalization whose effects are still manifest. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 Beyond its manifest entertainment value, this music in its day may have also spoken with a political edge. BostonGlobe.com, "With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 Impeachment is a grave business, and the risks are manifest. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Sober Clarity of the Impeachment Witnesses," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And this manifests in the nature of India’s labor force. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "How to build a brave new world for the young, ambitious Indian woman," 5 Dec. 2019 Part of the problem is the writers' choice to manifest Jules' insecurities and struggles through fantasy sequences that are neither fantastical nor consistent enough to work. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Hulu's 'Dollface' is an offensive caricature of millennial women," 15 Nov. 2019 For the most part, past efforts from researchers have focused on creating a drug that will effectively treat or cure Alzheimer’s when the disease has already manifested itself and progressed too far. Kevin Hrusovsky, Quartz, "The most promising breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatment is not a drug," 14 Nov. 2019 How that accountability will manifest, and what if any changes were in store for the company, was less clear from Brack's statement. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard president gives vague apology for Hong Kong protest response," 1 Nov. 2019 In addition to focusing on friendships and as much time on the water and outdoors as possible, Lynch is all about manifesting his own future. Perri Ormont Blumberg, PEOPLE.com, "Dustin Lynch Talks New Album, Being 'Inspired' by Thomas Rhett Tour — and His Big Goals," 30 Sep. 2019 Sadly, this exalted, transformative version of solidarity has only fitfully manifested and proved difficult to maintain, in large part because plutocrats and politicians have mastered a strategy of divide and conquer. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 That manifested at an early age with being scared to raise my hand in class, and persists today with doubting and questioning my ability to voice an opinion in company meetings. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "What to play: ‘Kids’ captures the anxiety and confusion of human interaction," 12 June 2019 And schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often manifest themselves in adolescence. Emily Bazar, The Seattle Times, "Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.," 13 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Taylor Swift doc among movies headed to 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 4 Dec. 2019 The Atlas V booster had not flown a mission for nearly 10 months, due in part to a relaxed manifest and a problem with components from a supplier. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Catching a falling fairing, Delta IV Heavy may stop in 2024," 9 Aug. 2019 Turkish news outlets have reported that Mr. Taylor and another American were the only people listed as passengers on a manifest for the flight that carried Mr. Ghosn from Japan to Turkey. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan Defends Its Justice System After Carlos Ghosn’s Flight," 5 Jan. 2020 According to the manifest, the container was filled with 11,019 kilos of paper napkins. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How $470 million worth of fake Nikes get into the US," 1 Jan. 2020 Told of the discrepancy regarding the number of people on the plane, Debbie Reinwand, a media contact for PenAir, did not comment on the manifest but reiterated company statements saying there were 42 on board. Washington Post, "1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway," 19 Oct. 2019 The manifest included several teenagers and children, some as young as 1 or 2. Anchorage Daily News, "63 Canadians among 176 killed when Boeing jet crashes near Tehran," 8 Jan. 2020 This time, the shipping manifest claimed the container was loaded with 1,114 boxes of glass vases, weighing 8,794 kilos. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How $470 million worth of fake Nikes get into the US," 1 Jan. 2020 Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the flight’s manifest from Toulouse to Jakarta showed the plane was carrying 32 people, including 10 crewmembers, and no cargo. Washington Post, "Indonesia to fire airline CEO over smuggling accusation," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of manifest

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manifest

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

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)

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The first known use of manifest was in the 14th century

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“Manifest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifest. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for manifest

manifest

adjective
How to pronounce manifest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: able to be seen : clearly shown or visible
: easy to understand or recognize

manifest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to show (something) clearly

manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Kids Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: easy to detect or recognize : obvious Their relief was manifest.

manifest

verb
manifested; manifesting

Kids Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show plainly … her human curiosity … began to manifest itself …— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Legal Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : capable of being readily perceived by the senses and especially by sight a manifest injury
2 : capable of being easily understood or recognized : clearly evident, obvious, and indisputable vacating an arbitrator's award because of the arbitrator's manifest disregard of the law

Other Words from manifest

manifestly adverb

Legal Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying manifesting the intent to make a gift

Other Words from manifest

manifestation \ ˌma-​nə-​fə-​ˈstā-​shən, -​ˌfe-​ˈstā-​ How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \ noun

manifest

noun

Legal Definition of manifest (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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