man·i·fes·ta·tion | \ ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən , -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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This set the stage for a confidence that gravitational waves, as a necessary consequence of the theory, had to have some physical manifestation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 Like the border wall—and the farcical prototype competition—the tent city at Tornillo has become yet another physical manifestation of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This is the Texas tent camp meant as shelter for migrant children," 20 June 2018 People see the crowds, the skyscrapers, the development as the physical manifestations of the revival. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Fertilize your creative spirit with these gardening books," 8 June 2018 The building is also a physical manifestation of the forward-thinking approach Telemundo Enterprises is taking toward the turbulent Spanish-language TV and media industry. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Telemundo’s new headquarters embraces the future. It may transform this area, too | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 In Parkland, the careful dismantling of the memorial felt like the physical manifestation of the many impossible questions this community now faces. Nestor Ramos,, "Parkland tries to build unity after tragedy," 31 Mar. 2018 More than a year after the new law went into effect, the City Council has gradually clamped down on where RVs — the most obvious manifestation of people sleeping in their vehicles — can legally park for the night. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "As businesses cite blight, overnight RV parking bans on L.A. streets grow — and the homeless scramble," 15 Mar. 2018 This is just another manifestation of global change, and actually something that non-scientists can appreciate because these clouds are a brilliant and obvious reminder of these changes. Katie Camero,, "Once-rare cloud is now more common, and new study says climate change is to blame," 13 July 2018 Geniuses of the past reveled in mechanical manifestations of chiral geometry, which are oddly beautiful as well as being useful. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Peculiar Power of Nature’s Left and Right," 5 July 2018

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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 \

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- \

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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