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)

2 : manifesto
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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Perhaps counterintuitively, Trump’s myriad and manifest flaws actually intensify the effect. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Do So Many Republican Voters Support Trump? A Theory," 11 Sep. 2019 Her reputation is in tatters and beyond salvation; her manifest lack of authority is a major impediment to resolution of the current impasse. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s protest movement will not back down empty-handed," 23 Aug. 2019 But the more pertinent reason to be cautious about the changes is the manifest bad faith of the governments in Riyadh and Tehran toward women activists, some of whom have long campaigned for these very reforms. Bobby Ghosh, Twin Cities, "Bobby Ghosh: The most important thing Saudi Arabia and Iran could do for women," 8 Aug. 2019 At the time, the rocket only had a couple of launches on its manifest, including the six-ton Arabsat 6A satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia and the Space Test Program-2 mission for the US Air Force. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket seems to be a hit with satellite companies," 25 Oct. 2018 Absence is often made manifest because absence is representative not only of trauma (an experience that regularly precludes its own registration) but also of the American historical record that these books aim to reexamine. Kate Mcquade, Time, "What I've Learned From Teaching the 'Snowflake Generation' About Trauma," 22 Aug. 2019 Clurgy-Soto and Bañuelas both understand that a crucial part of their role as spiritual leaders is to denounce evil, including the evil made manifest in the shooting and the wicked motives behind the act. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "In a Community Turned Upside Down by Tragedy, ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Are Everything," 13 Aug. 2019 There were no childhood indications that his laser arm could be unearthed, his killer competitive instinct didn’t necessarily manifest from innocuous childhood games with teammates or friends. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "‘It became a religion to me’: With the Yankees in town, Ramon Laureano reflects on the team that inspired him to play baseball," 20 Aug. 2019 Photographed by Ben Baker for Fortune The rejection of the system was manifest in the 2016 Brexit vote, when the British masses flouted the collective wisdom of corporate and political leaders. Fortune, "America’s CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mesothelioma—a cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos—can take thirty to forty years to manifest. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 Pulmonary fibrosis is among diseases that can take decades to manifest themselves. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Deaths of 9/11 first responders from Ground Zero-related illnesses are on the rise — diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis are just beginning to take their toll," 10 Sep. 2019 Its spread in India comes at a time when the effects of climate change have begun to manifest in almost apocalyptic terms across the country: Chennai, a metropolitan southern city, ran completely dry a few weeks ago. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Global movement Extinction Rebellion is spawning India’s future climate change warriors," 24 July 2019 The split came over finding an encore to Apollo, as the natural inclination of a bureaucracy to perpetuate itself began to manifest. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 21 July 2019 Such opportunity gaps manifest themselves prominently in math, experts say. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified creates a path for more students to take advanced math classes," 23 Aug. 2019 That bet-on-myself brashness, which manifested itself in those spectacular big-game performances, was part of his charm. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "There was no such thing as a game too big for Ty Law," 2 Aug. 2019 The wordless action is an exercise in hyperrealism, drawing attention to the slow passing of time and to the banal ways that mental illness manifests itself. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 Lab results showed Bennett’s condition was from Vibrio vulnificus, which manifested itself as necrotizing fasciitis or flesh-eating bacteria. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tennessee man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after Destin trip," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thus tariff schedules can motivate all sorts of schemes of fraudulently misstating the category of the item on a manifest so as to pay a lower amount per unit. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Time to explain the basics of trade," 15 Sep. 2019 Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Captain Brian McGrath said that officials were in the process of getting a more accurate manifest for the ship and cautioned that preliminary numbers of those aboard and missing could change. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "At least 29 missing after boat fire near park on California coast, officials say," 2 Sep. 2019 If conservatives refuse to defend the manifest and widespread benefits of economic freedom, who will? John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch A company called Spaceflight organized the four-ton manifest for Sunday's flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 Many Americans can find out from a Norddeutscher Lloyd Line manifest or an Ellis Island log or a parish registry in Cork, Palermo or Cornwall. USA Today, "The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia," 22 Aug. 2019 There was a sundeck and two hot tubs, a library full of South Sea literature, a cozy bar with live music, a spa for soothing massages, a gym to work off those long lunches, and a manifest of companionable and well-traveled fellow passengers. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 With a handful of launches remaining on its manifest in December, SpaceX is on pace to fly as many as 22 rockets this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX flies rocket for the third time, will attempt fairing re-use [Updated]," 3 Dec. 2018 The Afghan National Police, composed of 116,000 officers, many of them falsely enrolled on official manifests, is riddled with corruption and savaged almost daily by Taliban attacks and casualties. New York Times, "Young Afghan General Tries to Reform Police With American Way of War," 12 July 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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manifest

adjective

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

manifest

transitive verb

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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