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 The manifestation of their collaboration is a minimalist, crisp, 3,000-square-foot, glass-and-aluminum house built in 2019 for around $2.4 million. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 30 June 2021 But the digital manifestation of that will be as important. Marylee Sachs, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The most visible manifestation of homelessness is the number of people who are utterly without shelter, and in the Bay Area that is 73% of the total unhoused population. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 The most painful manifestation of this has been the rising rate of suicides among farmers across the country (28 per day in 2019), many of whom are indebted to informal sources such as relatives or usurious money lenders. Surinder S. Jodhka, Quartz, 3 June 2021 Hale says that the best and highest manifestation of Venus in Leo is a childlike joy — so be prepared for your summer fun (and your summer fling) to go on a bit longer. Elizabeth Gulino,, 5 Sep. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has drawn stark lines between rich nations and poor, and the mucormycosis epidemic in India stands as the latest manifestation. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Neither my driver’s education teacher nor my parents had ever told me how to behave during a traffic stop, which was undoubtedly a manifestation of white privilege back before that term was in common use. Eric Zorn,, 20 May 2021 Beijing, of course, sees the Quad as the latest manifestation of a U.S. policy of containment—and South Korea could expect severe blowback were it to signal any participation. Time, 19 May 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 23 Jul. 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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