man·​i·​fold | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfōld How to pronounce manifold (audio) \

Definition of manifold

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : marked by diversity or variety performs the manifold duties required of him— J. H. Ferguson
b : many the manifold details
2 : comprehending or uniting various features : multifarious the romantic symphony, with its manifold melodic content— P. H. Lang
3 : rightfully so-called for many reasons a manifold liar
4 : consisting of or operating many of one kind combined a manifold bellpull



Definition of manifold (Entry 2 of 4)

: many times : a great deal will increase your blessings manifold


manifolded; manifolding; manifolds

Definition of manifold (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to make manifold : multiply
2 : to make several or many copies of

intransitive verb

: to make several or many copies



Definition of manifold (Entry 4 of 4)

: something that is manifold: such as
a : a whole that unites or consists of many diverse elements the manifold of aspirations, passions, frustrations— Harry Slochower
b : a pipe fitting with several lateral outlets for connecting one pipe with others especially : a fitting on an internal combustion engine that directs a fuel and air mixture to or receives the exhaust gases from several cylinders
d : a topological space in which every point has a neighborhood that is homeomorphic to the interior of a sphere in Euclidean space of the same number of dimensions

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Other Words from manifold


manifoldly \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce manifoldly (audio) \ adverb
manifoldness \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce manifoldness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for manifold

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of manifold in a Sentence

Adjective The benefits of this approach are manifold. the manifold attractions of that state make it an ideal destination for a family vacation
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The manifold inputs complicate what should be a simple equation, and can lead to indecision, sometimes to the point of dressing paralysis. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "There’s a very simple hack for your work wardrobe," 28 Nov. 2019 The print magazine’s audience was manifold: venture capitalists, tech company employees and curious onlookers. Owen Thomas,, "Charles Schwab bought TD Ameritrade because we’re bored with stock trading," 27 Nov. 2019 Such initiatives speak to Mr. Hollein’s emphasis on manifold ways of looking at art and his determination to break down boundaries between the museum’s traditionally siloed departments. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "At the Entrenched Met Museum, the New Director Shakes Things Up," 20 Nov. 2019 For high ticket value items, TikTok needs to branch out to the manifold user base. Abhik Choudhury, Quartz India, "A dummies guide to running brand campaigns on TikTok in India," 11 Nov. 2019 But the exciting thing is being able to explore the manifold ways that modern Africans live, not being limited to flat ideas about a whole continent. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "These African Photographers Are Reframing Their Homelands," 9 Oct. 2019 In this case, however, its drawbacks are magnified by the manifold peculiarities of WeWork’s relationship with Neumann. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 This is the place where sake can be known in its accessible, manifold glories. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Los Angeles, this should be your sake spot," 22 Aug. 2019 And that, theater lovers, marks a man of not only manifold gifts, but also of many graces. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Thank you, Hal Prince, for giving me some of the most transcendent nights of theater I’ve ever known," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The reasons for Hariprasad seeking a guru are manifold. Sathya Saran, Quartz India, "When India’s most famous flautist sought out his elusive music guru," 12 Jan. 2020 The potential reasons behind this shift are manifold. Washington Post, "Breast-feeding is helping me face my decades-long struggle with hating my body," 14 Oct. 2019 An electronically variable intake manifold helps as well. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy adds new 460 lb.-ft. Duramax to 2020 Silverado 1500 lineup," 2 July 2019 The Spanish Habsburgs’ reign lasted two centuries, until the 38-year-old Charles II, a king whose manifold health woes and infertility scholars often attribute to severe inbreeding, died in 1700 with no immediate heir. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "The Distinctive ‘Habsburg Jaw’ Was Likely the Result of the Royal Family’s Inbreeding," 4 Dec. 2019 As ample as the options in these complexion-centric palettes may be, the two new eye shadow palettes are even more manifold. Marci Robin, Allure, "Makeup Artist Scott Barnes Is Launching the Only Five Palettes You’ll Ever Need," 21 Nov. 2019 The reasons are manifold, but hinge on Filipinos’ apparent willingness to overlook the human toll as long as Duterte’s government satisfies their individual economic and political interests, analysts say. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, "Thousands dead. Police accused of criminal acts. Yet Duterte’s drug war is wildly popular.," 23 Oct. 2019 Aviation’s fuel use soared after the introduction of commercial aircraft, precisely because of flying’s manifold benefits. Mark P. Mills, National Review, "Will ‘Video-Shaming’ Follow Our Summer of ‘Flight-Shaming’?," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent employee expressions have been bold and manifold: Employees of Google have strongly registered their objections to re-entering China and collaborating with the US Department of Defense. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "Employees have given rise to something far more powerful than “CEO activism”," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of manifold


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manifold

Adjective, Adverb, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English manigfeald, from manig many + -feald -fold

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The first known use of manifold was before the 12th century

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Manifold.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manifold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : many and various



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

technical : a part of an engine that connects different pipes for moving fuel and air into the engine or for carrying gases away from the engine


man·​i·​fold | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfōld How to pronounce manifold (audio) \

Kids Definition of manifold

: of many and various kinds manifold blessings

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