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 These patterns are manifest not just in America but in most of the industrialized world. WSJ, "‘Friendship’ Review: Let’s Get Together," 24 Jan. 2020 The film is best in its moments of conflict and the tentative understanding that emerges from them, a tribute to the writer-director’s manifest desire to press beyond the messy surface truth, with its self-evident legal parameters. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Charter': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the theoretical advantages of being located within blocks of some high-profile tech companies hasn’t manifested itself in a single lucrative partnership. oregonlive, "Canzano: Coronavirus makes now-empty Pac-12 Conference headquarters an expensive problem," 27 Mar. 2020 Knowing that coronavirus symptoms needn’t manifest for up to two weeks and that asymptomatic carriers, too, could infect others was a constant concern. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "I escaped Covid-19 in Europe and beat India’s lockdown, but I’m not sure I’m any safer," 18 Mar. 2020 But these behaviors don’t always manifest themselves in the same ways. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "How to Tell If You're In a Narcissistic Relationship, and What to Do About It," 29 Feb. 2020 Some of these issues don’t manifest until later on, but can often be prevented with the right care. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "5 California bills likely to make waves this legislative session," 1 Feb. 2020 Reports of lung injuries from e-cigarettes splash across the news these days, but the nicotine-delivery devices are also spawning a quieter worry: whether users risk long-term health effects that may not manifest for decades. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "How safe is vaping? New human studies assess chronic harm to heart and lungs," 26 Nov. 2019 Lee’s talent didn’t always manifest itself in obvious ways. Doree Shafrir, Marie Claire, "How Jennifer Lee Built a Career on Imagination," 18 Nov. 2019 In the case of Tira and other pseudomelanistic zebras, Barsh believes the melanocytes are all there, but the melanin itself, for some reason, does not manifest correctly as stripes. National Geographic, "Rare polka-dotted zebra foal photographed in Kenya," 18 Sep. 2019 In the end, the concern about lung cancers may not manifest in anything at all. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said nine people were aboard the helicopter that wrecked, according to its manifest. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Game goes on in wake of Kobe Bryant’s death," 26 Jan. 2020 That leaves fewer than 380 passengers on board, based on the original manifest of 2,421 who set sail on Feb. 11. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Roughly 400 passengers left on Grand Princess as others begin quarantine at military bases," 12 Mar. 2020 Airlines must provide health documents and manifests after landing, Director General of Civil Aviation Polana Pramesti said in a statement. Alex Morales, Fortune, "How the air travel industry is dealing with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus," 23 Jan. 2020 Airlines must provide health documents and manifests after landing, Director General of Civil Aviation Polana Pramesti said in a statement. Alex Morales, Fortune, "How the air travel industry is dealing with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus," 23 Jan. 2020 Airlines must provide health documents and manifests after landing, Director General of Civil Aviation Polana Pramesti said in a statement. Will Davies, Time, "Airlines and Airports Across the World Are Working to Limit the Spread of Deadly Coronavirus. Here's What to Know," 22 Jan. 2020 His notorious little black book and private-jet manifests contained a long list of boldface names, including Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner and former President Bill Clinton. oregonlive, "After billionaire Epstein’s arrest on sex trafficking, prosecutors warn his ‘Lolita Express’ pals to come forward," 9 July 2019 The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Taylor Swift doc among movies headed to 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 4 Dec. 2019 The Atlas V booster had not flown a mission for nearly 10 months, due in part to a relaxed manifest and a problem with components from a supplier. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Catching a falling fairing, Delta IV Heavy may stop in 2024," 9 Aug. 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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“Manifest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifest. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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