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

Keep scrolling for more

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 China would hope that its first blow against what was once regarded as an indestructible manifestation of U.S. global supremacy would weaken American resolve and prevent retaliation. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, "Can America win the next big war?," 3 Dec. 2020 And this case demonstrates their modern manifestation: harsh habitual offender laws that permit a life sentence for a Black man convicted of property crimes. Bernette Johnson, Harper's Magazine, "Garden-Variety Racism," 24 Nov. 2020 The monster may be a manifestation of an indiscretion, an addiction, or a debt. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Common Dreams and What They Really Mean," 19 Nov. 2020 Anan Yasoun rebuilt her home with yellow cement slabs amid the rubble of Mosul, a brightly colored manifestation of resilience in a city that for many remains synonymous with the Islamic State group’s reign of terror. Samya Kullab, The Christian Science Monitor, "'This is our history': In Mosul, life and resilience shines," 9 Dec. 2020 The villages are on the route of a pilgrimage to honor Nanda Devi, a manifestation of Parvati, a supreme goddess in Hinduism. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 When Mario Bravo runs for office, the campaign tends to be more of a civics lesson than a manifestation of a candidate’s political ambition. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Council challenger makes the case for ‘structural reform’ at City Hall," 4 Dec. 2020 The daughter’s tail is the physical manifestation of her having been born in the Year of the Tiger as well as the tiger spirit, Hu Gu Po, that runs through the women in her family. May-lee Chai Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Bestiary,' by K-Ming Chang," 23 Oct. 2020 Race was the most salient manifestation of that conflict for Faulkner’s characters, and for Faulkner himself. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "William Faulkner’s Demons," 23 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'manifestation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of manifestation

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about manifestation

Time Traveler for manifestation

Time Traveler

The first known use of manifestation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for manifestation

Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Manifestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for manifestation


How to pronounce manifestation (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on manifestation

What made you want to look up manifestation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!