manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight Their sadness was manifest in their faces.
2 : easily understood or recognized by the mind : obvious

manifest

verb
manifested; manifesting; manifests

Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying

manifest

noun

Definition of manifest (Entry 3 of 3)

3 : a list of passengers or an invoice of cargo for a vehicle (such as a ship or plane)

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Other Words from manifest

Adjective

manifestly adverb

Verb

manifester noun

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Adjective

evident, manifest, patent, distinct, obvious, apparent, plain, clear mean readily perceived or apprehended. evident implies presence of visible signs that lead one to a definite conclusion. an evident fondness for sweets manifest implies an external display so evident that little or no inference is required. manifest hostility patent applies to a cause, effect, or significant feature that is clear and unmistakable once attention has been directed to it. patent defects distinct implies such sharpness of outline or definition that no unusual effort to see or hear or comprehend is required. a distinct refusal obvious implies such ease in discovering that it often suggests conspicuousness or little need for perspicacity in the observer. the obvious solution apparent is very close to evident except that it may imply more conscious exercise of inference. for no apparent reason plain suggests lack of intricacy, complexity, or elaboration. her feelings about him are plain clear implies an absence of anything that confuses the mind or obscures the pattern. a clear explanation

Verb

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words. careful not to show his true feelings manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation. manifested musical ability at an early age evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something. a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs. evinced not the slightest fear demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling. demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

Adjective The argument, for all of its manifest inadequacies … captured the national imagination and shaped subsequent religious discourse. It provided a vocabulary, an explanation, and a new set of boundaries for the restructured American religion that had by then been developing for half a century. — Jonathan D. Sarna, American Judaism, 2004 Economics, the great model among us now, indulges and deprives, builds and abandons, threatens and promises. Its imperium is manifest, irrefragable—as in fact it has been since antiquity. — Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, 1998 Washington has long been uneasy about its relationship with Somalia, partly because of the manifest shakiness of the Siad Barre administration but also because of Somalia's continuing claims on the Ogaden. — John Borrell, Wall Street Journal, 23 Aug. 1982 His muscles were getting flabby, and his tailor called attention to his increasing waistband. In fact, Daylight was developing a definite paunch. This physical deterioration was manifest likewise in his face. — Jack London, Burning Daylight, 1910 Their sadness was manifest in their faces. His love for literature is manifest in his large library. There was manifest confusion in the streets. Verb Malone has invited Barkley to spend a week … to relax, talk some basketball, eat some hot Louisiana food and kick around the subject of frustration, something they both feel but manifest in different ways. — Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 27 Apr. 1992 He asked what they had been doing in Dallas, and they told him that they were looking at the Sunbelt boom as manifested in the great Texas banks, thrifts and real estate operations. — John Kenneth Galbraith, A Tenured Professor, 1990 And if one is a pantheist … one might say that all nature is divinity and manifests itself in myriad forms and delightful complexities. — Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, 1986 Both sides have manifested a stubborn unwillingness to compromise. Their religious beliefs are manifested in every aspect of their lives. Her behavior problems began manifesting themselves soon after she left home. Noun Since 2002, a program known as the Container Security Initiative requires our main trading partners to send to U.S. Customs and border Protection an electronic manifest for every U.S.-bound container twenty-four hours before it is loaded on a ship. — William Finnegan, New Yorker, 19 June 2006 Has any passenger manifest been more fretted over than the Mayflower's? — Jack Hitt, Harper's, July 2005 But for me, finding it still in "use" is high on the manifest of writerly thrills longed for—along with seeing someone you don't know hungrily reading your book on an overland bus in Turkey; or noticing your book on the shelf behind the moderator on Meet the Press next to The Wealth of Nations and Giants in the Earth; or seeing your book on a list of overlooked American masterpieces compiled by former insiders in the Kennedy administration. — Richard Ford, Independence Day, 1995
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Beside its manifest injustices toward Muslims, the new law’s absurdities have left many Hindus just as bewildered. Joseph Allchin, The New York Review of Books, "Why Hindu Nationalists Trialed India’s Citizenship Law in Assam," 6 Jan. 2020 At the same time, his designs for opera and ballet were no mere sideshows to his authorial efforts — as the magnificent illustrations and set designs on display at the Morgan make manifest. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "The Haunting Magic of Maurice Sendak," 21 Sep. 2019 The manifest listed several teenagers and children, some as young as 1 or 2. Washington Post, "Ukrainian jet crash kills 176, sets off mourning in Canada," 8 Jan. 2020 As more and more large populations come online, pick up those super computers called iPhones and see the world and see what the world could be like for them, there is a growing manifest sense of discontent and inequality. CBS News, "Transcript: Admiral James Stavridis talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 4 Dec. 2019 Antipsychiatry activists successively deployed the findings in their effort to catalyze a national wave of deinstitutionalization whose effects are still manifest. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 Beyond its manifest entertainment value, this music in its day may have also spoken with a political edge. BostonGlobe.com, "With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 Impeachment is a grave business, and the risks are manifest. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Sober Clarity of the Impeachment Witnesses," 15 Nov. 2019 Graves proceeded, in the storied tradition of congressional grandstanding, to call for the Department of Transportation to launch an investigation into this manifest nonissue. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Everybody thinks his business is different,," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Time to start really manifesting for the new decade ahead. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "World Traveler! Vanessa Hudgens Vacations in Switzerland — and Celebrates New Year in Scotland," 31 Dec. 2019 In the micro, this felt like all of Miller's concerns about his roster manifesting at once. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "For IU basketball, blowout losses like this have become far too commonplace," 7 Dec. 2019 Sometimes, one of the twins will stop developing during gestation but remain attached to its normally-developing sibling, manifesting as extra appendages or organs. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Meet the ‘Unicorn Puppy’ with an Extra Tail on His Head," 16 Nov. 2019 The first step in manifesting your dreams or desires is to vocalize them. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Exclusive: Millie Bobby Brown Opens Up About Using Social Media for Good and The Importance of Self-Care with Her BFF Miquela," 13 Nov. 2019 As Israeli settlements continue to expand in the West Bank, clashes between settlers and Palestinians have surged, often manifesting in the targeting of farmers and their properties—particularly during the harvest season. Noor Ibrahim, Time, "Olive Groves in the West Bank Have Become a Battleground. That's Why Volunteers Come From Around the World to Help at Harvest Time," 1 Nov. 2019 For most people, HSV-1 tends to affect their mouth, while HSV-2 usually manifests on the genitals. Kristine Thomason, Health.com, "How to Tell if You Have Herpes," 29 Oct. 2019 This diversity of approaches is particularly important because of evidence that shows Alzheimer’s manifests differently in people of diverse racial backgrounds. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The future of Alzheimer’s treatment can’t bank on just one drug," 24 Oct. 2019 Those who manifest Alzheimer’s symptoms can be followed through the course of the disease, and changes in biomarkers noted along with the progress of symptoms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC and UC San Diego try to move on after painful fight over Alzheimer’s institute," 18 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The manifest included several teenagers and children, some as young as 1 or 2. Anchorage Daily News, "63 Canadians among 176 killed when Boeing jet crashes near Tehran," 8 Jan. 2020 This time, the shipping manifest claimed the container was loaded with 1,114 boxes of glass vases, weighing 8,794 kilos. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "How $470 million worth of fake Nikes get into the US," 1 Jan. 2020 Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the flight’s manifest from Toulouse to Jakarta showed the plane was carrying 32 people, including 10 crewmembers, and no cargo. Washington Post, "Indonesia to fire airline CEO over smuggling accusation," 5 Dec. 2019 Maybe the coastal people who decide such things are starting to credit the Midwest for more than drab utility and a certain common sense and simplicity that manifest in an unnerving willingness to offer detailed directions to out-of-towners. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "‘What Is the Midwest?’ at Newberry Library shows a region that’s more than just milquetoast," 2 Oct. 2019 An envelope containing the flight's manifest was found. Fox News, "Second person arrested in 300G heist from Kennedy Airport," 1 Oct. 2019 The final Starship version could hold as many as 100 passengers—a colony-sized manifest that speaks to the company’s ambition to settle humans off world. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX's New Starship, the Rocket Bound for Mars," 29 Sep. 2019 But perhaps, in some ship’s manifest or census record waiting to be digitized and connected, there lies a clue to the fate of this ordinary man who made a life for himself against all odds. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery," 18 Dec. 2019 None of the contractors submitted landfill receipts or waste manifests with invoices, as required within 10 days of the completion of the project in order to be paid. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit demolition program mismanaged, riddled with problems, auditor says," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of manifest

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manifest

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French manifeste, from Latin manifestus caught in the act, flagrant, obvious, perhaps from manus + -festus (akin to Latin infestus hostile)

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The first known use of manifest was in the 14th century

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27 Jan 2020

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“Manifest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifesting. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for manifest

manifest

adjective
How to pronounce manifest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: able to be seen : clearly shown or visible
: easy to understand or recognize

manifest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to show (something) clearly

manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Kids Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: easy to detect or recognize : obvious Their relief was manifest.

manifest

verb
manifested; manifesting

Kids Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show plainly … her human curiosity … began to manifest itself …— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Legal Definition of manifest

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : capable of being readily perceived by the senses and especially by sight a manifest injury
2 : capable of being easily understood or recognized : clearly evident, obvious, and indisputable vacating an arbitrator's award because of the arbitrator's manifest disregard of the law

Other Words from manifest

manifestly adverb

Legal Definition of manifest (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying manifesting the intent to make a gift

Other Words from manifest

manifestation \ ˌma-​nə-​fə-​ˈstā-​shən, -​ˌfe-​ˈstā-​ How to pronounce manifestation (audio) \ noun

manifest

noun

Legal Definition of manifest (Entry 3 of 3)

: a list of passengers or an invoice of cargo for a vehicle (as a ship or plane)

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