manifestation

noun
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

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And the renter’s dilemma, for many on social media, was simply the manifestation of the much larger issue of a growing wealth gap, especially in places such as the Bay Area. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Bay Area renters’ giant game of musical chairs plays out online," 8 July 2019 My scars are a physical manifestation of what often feels like an invisible disease. Lindsay Crouse, BostonGlobe.com, "Gabriele Grunewald, long-distance runner who chronicled journey with cancer, dies at 32," 12 June 2019 Apart from being a low maintenance hairstyle, in African culture, braids are a manifestation of centuries-old traditions. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Watch ‘Primp’: 4 Ways To Style Your Braids For Festival Season," 5 June 2019 The store evolved into a one-stop-shop for consumers who were just starting to grow accustomed to buying media online that had no physical manifestation. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "Apple is nixing iTunes. The fans — and the haters — bid farewell.," 3 June 2019 But this sad patch of land is also the physical manifestation of a broader turf war over what type of housing — and ultimately what type of people — to allow within Westport’s borders. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing," 22 May 2019 And nearly three months to the day after my stress levels shot through the roof, the physical manifestation of that anxiety decided to rear its ugly head: My hair began falling out in clumps. Lisa Fogarty, Harper's BAZAAR, "Biotin Is in Every Hair Growth Pill. But Does it Even Work?," 22 May 2019 PseudoMars seemed like the ultimate manifestation of that concept. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine," 25 June 2019 Millions of Americans who take no interest in discussing economic issues as such, much less in examining economic data, complained about the increasingly visible concrete manifestations of ever greater inequality. David Webber, The New York Review of Books, "Labor’s Last Hope?," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of manifestation

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

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manifestation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manifestation

formal
: 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

manifestation

noun
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.

manifestation

noun
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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