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 Dr Kaitlyn Regehr, an expert in digital culture from the University of Kent, who has been researching misogyny online for the past five years and Rodger’s actions for a year, says incels are a manifestation of the zeitgeist. Natalie Gil,, "Inside The Secret World Of Incels," 13 July 2019 The raised, outdoor space is now better integrated with its urban surroundings and more accessible to passersby, a physical manifestation of the Music Center’s commitment to access and inclusion, noted Music Center President Rachel S. Moore. Los Angeles Times, "The Music Center unveils renovated plaza — and a $12-million gift for access to the arts," 28 Aug. 2019 St Petersburg was the physical manifestation of the choice—and rejected its Asian traditions with a fervour of the convert. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 The center is a physical manifestation of Madison’s work as a community organizer. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Community Designs Permanent Home For Progress Center For Black Women," 24 July 2019 In 1987, a manifestation on the chimney of a bowling alley in Northlake appeared to show the image of Jesus Christ. Kori Rumore,, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 Surge is the strongest outward manifestation of this, but there is also Lightspeed’s Extreme Entrepreneurship Program, and other under-the-radar/opportunistic optionality plays from other funds. Sajith Pai, Quartz India, "A newly-minted Indian VC takes an honest, hard-nosed look at his industry," 6 Sep. 2019 But what really frustrates me isn’t the persistence of special pleading across shifts in partisan control — which is, as Burke pointed out, a predictable manifestation of unalterable human nature. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 The current manifestation of UAB’s football program can trace its roots along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay to the town of Spanish Fort. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Whatever it takes to win’: QB Tyler Johnston leads UAB into 2019 season," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of manifestation

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

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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.


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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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