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manifest

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adjective man·i·fest \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest \

Definition of manifest

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

manifestly

adverb

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

  1. 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. SarnaAmerican Judaism2004
  2. 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 RobinsonThe Death of Adam1998
  3. 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 BorrellWall Street Journal23 Aug. 1982
  4. 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 LondonBurning Daylight1910
  5. Their sadness was manifest in their faces.

  6. His love for literature is manifest in his large library.

  7. There was manifest confusion in the streets.

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Origin and Etymology 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)

Synonym Discussion of manifest

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

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verb man·i·fest \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest \

Definition of manifest

transitive verb
:to make evident or certain by showing or displaying

manifester

noun

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

  1. 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 McCallumSports Illustrated27 Apr. 1992
  2. 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 GalbraithA Tenured Professor1990
  3. And if one is a pantheist … one might say that all nature is divinity and manifests itself in myriad forms and delightful complexities. —Margot AdlerDrawing Down the Moon1986
  4. Both sides have manifested a stubborn unwillingness to compromise.

  5. Their religious beliefs are manifested in every aspect of their lives.

  6. Her behavior problems began manifesting themselves soon after she left home.

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Origin and Etymology of manifest

Synonym Discussion of manifest

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

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manifest

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noun man·i·fest \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest \

Definition of manifest

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

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

  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 FinneganNew Yorker19 June 2006
  2. Has any passenger manifest been more fretted over than the Mayflower's? —Jack HittHarper'sJuly 2005
  3. 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 FordIndependence Day1995

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Origin and Etymology of manifest


MANIFEST Defined for English Language Learners

manifest

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adjective

Definition of manifest for English Language Learners

  • : able to be seen : clearly shown or visible

  • : easy to understand or recognize


manifest

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verb

Definition of manifest for English Language Learners

  • : to show (something) clearly


MANIFEST Defined for Kids

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manifest

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adjective man·i·fest \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest \

Definition of manifest for Students

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

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manifest

verb

Definition of manifest for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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manifest

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adjective man·i·fest \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest \

legal Definition of manifest

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

manifestly

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manifest

transitive verb

legal Definition of manifest

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

manifestation

play \ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfe-ˈstā-\ noun

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manifest

noun

legal Definition of manifest

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


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