man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion ˌma-nə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio)
: the act, process, or an instance of manifesting
demanded some manifestation of repentance
: something that manifests or is manifest
: a perceptible, outward, or visible expression
external manifestations of gender
: one of the forms in which an individual is manifested
Hate in all its manifestations is wrong.
: an occult phenomenon
specifically : materialization
: a public demonstration of power and purpose
meetings, parades, and other such manifestationsH. M. Parshley

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Manifestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion ˌman-ə-fə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce manifestation (audio)
: the act or an instance of manifesting : expression
: something that manifests : evidence
: a public demonstration of power and purpose

Medical Definition


man·​i·​fes·​ta·​tion ˌman-ə-fə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfes- How to pronounce manifestation (audio)
: a perceptible, outward, or visible expression (as of a disease or abnormal condition)
the manifestations of shock

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