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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Our files, photos, and music appear magically across multiple devices, much like the Greek psyche, which could, through the mysterious work of transmigration, manifest in different physical bodies after its host had died. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 25 Apr. 2022 Twenty years of continuous engagement in Afghanistan did little to eliminate the cultural traits that precluded creation of a stable democracy, despite the manifest benefits that might have accrued to most of the population. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 And all the horrors that come with the Empire are being made manifest throughout the galaxy. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 12 Apr. 2022 Happily, the vital motivation for this ambitious iteration does not get lost: For the first time, the sustained level of impressive quality in the museum’s permanent collection is manifest. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 That risk is manifest in the fact that bitcoin is currently down about 36% from its November high. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The case’s weakness was manifest in last year’s indictment of the Trump Organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, on puny tax charges. Nr Editors, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 The adjudicators receive detailed manifest information about the trucks, their cargo and their drivers at least an hour in advance of a vehicle’s arrival. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2022 For all its manifest lapses, the Democratic Party has been the longest-standing practitioner of that particular game on the planet. Sam Rosenfeld, The New Republic, 15 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of mourning what didn't manifest, be ready to roll with the punches and enjoy whatever reality turns out to be! Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 The Omicron variant that has driven a surge in Covid-19 cases globally didn’t fully manifest during the company’s recently ended quarter. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 For instance, certain biological wear-and-tear doesn't manifest in a mouse, and a mouse model in Parkinson's R&D may not produce the kinds of biological byproducts linked with the disease. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2021 Thus, like Vermeule, Smith’s argument must be that the natural law requires that the people retain the ability to manifest their constitution-making power through custom and forbids them to disclaim that ability in the context of a specific society. J. Joel Alicea, National Review, 3 May 2022 Is there a way to manifest that idea of past-is-present inside ourselves? Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 Their challenge will be to manifest that type of competitive edge that Mike has. Casey Drottar, chicagotribune.com, 22 Dec. 2021 August 8 is the best day of 2021 to manifest your dreams. refinery29.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The inevitable complications of that entanglement don't take long to manifest, and fresh beginnings prove equally fraught for Nora (Portrait star Noémie Merlant), a thirtysomething real-estate agent attempting to start over in law school. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most forms of aphasia come on suddenly due to the injury, but other forms of the illness manifest slowly and worsen over time. Julie Washington, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2022 The impacts of which manifest as chronic disease, both mentally and physically. Lia Miller, Essence, 18 Mar. 2022 So are repetitive, often destructive behaviors which, in our case, manifest in constantly perusing the office snack table, grabbing another piece of candy, a few crackers, anything to get through deadline. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2022 The manifest for the Qatar Airways flight granted permission for 211 Afghans to leave from Kabul, according to diplomats in Kabul who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Oftentimes, stress and anxiety manifest as physical symptoms such as restlessness, sleepiness, and fatigue, and meditation is one way to reduce your chances of experiencing depression, anxiety, and elevated stress levels, Dr. Singh says. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 Since this contract effectively doubles the Vulcan launch manifest during its first five years, the company's plans to reuse BE-4 engines may accelerate. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2022 For those who are accustomed to traveling, how does the sense of belonging manifest itself? Francesca Marani, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2022 One wasn't on the ship’s manifest and was presumably a migrant. Demetris Nellas, ajc, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for manifest

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, The Adventures of 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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