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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite the manifest violation of these principles from the start of the American experiment — the existence of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans — the United States created a civic culture that would regard Jews as equal citizens. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 30 May 2021 Our fundamental affliction is not the magnitude of our problems but our alienation from their manifest solutions. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Despite their manifest advantages (cheap, speed-of-light kills), their utility in a maritime environment is not proven despite decades of research. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 This is manifest in corporate investment in technology, processes, and people. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Despite manifest inflation, central banks are slow to rein in activity. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 8 May 2021 When Italy went into national lockdown in March 2020, the cast and Dikele Distefano decided to remain ensconced in a hotel in Rome, giving them an unexpected opportunity to bond, a chemistry that is manifest in the actors’ onscreen interactions. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The film’s themes of the dream beside the reality, the aspirational and the practical, manifest throughout, as with the protagonist’s two suitors. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 Based on firsthand accounts and comprehensive archival research, Traveling Black details the manifest ways in which black Americans responded to limitations on their mobility. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After that deceptive period of quiet, however, the infection begins to manifest—with horrifying results. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 Instead, her dreams manifest in the curly haired, braces-wearing, lean kid snapping off fastball after fastball for Cathedral. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Unfortunately, many strange market behaviors occasionally manifest that require extra vigilance. Ivan Illán, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Camera glitches and distortions can manifest something that isn’t really there. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Increasingly, these feelings manifest in violent acts. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 But without substantial and swift change, the Civil War that started on Jan. 6, 2021, will manifest into more division and violence. Kweku Ramel Akyirefi Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2021 That energy can manifest as heavier rain, stronger winds, higher sea levels resulting in more flooding, or all of the above. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 18 May 2021 But the problem also can manifest under plenty less extreme circumstances. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When there is a failure to swiftly condemn and take appropriate corrective actions, confusion and pain manifest. Willie Flowers, baltimoresun.com, 21 Apr. 2021 How else does that different mindset manifest in your training? Quanta Magazine, 16 Feb. 2021 John saw that level-headedness manifest itself in his son over the past two seasons. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 4 May 2021 At the Customs House in Alexandria, deputy collector C. T. Chapman had signed off on the manifest of the United States. Joshua D. Rothman, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2021 And to some extent, that’s what happened on the 6th [of January], that was their attempt to make Q manifest. Author: Meredith Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2021 Personal barriers – like finding time to nurse, caring for a sick spouse or parent, mental health, or substance abuse – manifest in the workplace. Ellevate, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 And to some extent, that’s what happened on the 6th [of January], that was their attempt to make Q manifest. Author: Meredith Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2021 And to some extent, that’s what happened on the 6th [of January], that was their attempt to make Q manifest. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifest. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 manifest (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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