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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manifoldly \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​lē How to pronounce manifold (audio) \ adverb
manifoldness \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌfōl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce manifold (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 So horrendous were the manifold atrocities perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his followers that decades passed before scholars began to address the Nazis’ use of the visual arts in their comprehensive program for domination. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "Planning an Aryan Paradise," 27 Apr. 2021 Mondale’s contributions to the Carter presidency were manifold. Stuart E. Eizenstat, WSJ, "Walter Mondale Remade the Vice Presidency," 22 Apr. 2021 In a world reeling from the manifold disasters perpetrated by the U.S. in Vietnam, understanding the connections between Western self-righteousness and violence seemed more urgent than ever. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, "The Lost Worlds of Edward Said," 13 Apr. 2021 The bike exhales freely through a manifold system with angled tailpipes and also features individual air filters to keep the engine clean. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Droog Moto’s Newest Dirt Bike Is a Heavy Metal Beast That’s Light on Its Feet," 12 Apr. 2021 The reasons for vaccine hesitancy among evangelicals are manifold. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Why "the pathway to ending the pandemic runs through the evangelical church"," 4 Apr. 2021 Let civil society do its own work, which is manifold. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bad words, good words, &c.," 17 Mar. 2021 Largely lost in the shuffle, in the manifold discussions of perversion, obscenity, and indecency, was the title character herself. Stacy Schiff, The New Yorker, "Véra Nabokov Was the First and Greatest Champion of “Lolita”," 5 Mar. 2021 In response to the manifold accusations, DJI has been equally combative. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, "Drones With 'Most Advanced AI Ever' Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Experts caution that once firms go public, the scrutiny goes up manifold. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "India’s first food delivery IPO is finally on its way—but Amazon could be a speed bump," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Orders from tier 2 and 3 cities have grown manifold for both companies, too. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "India’s top online fashion retailers recovered from the damage of last year, but 2021 won’t be easy," 13 Apr. 2021 The Chevette engine went into production with a very unsophisticated four-into-one exhaust manifold. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1977 Chevrolet Chevette Puts Price Before Performance," 17 Aug. 2020 Those gearboxes sync up to a 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque thanks to the now dead Shelby GT350's intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "480-HP 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1's Handling Pack Costs $3500," 21 Oct. 2020 The Mach 1's 5.0-liter V-8 gets some good stuff from the Shelby GT350, too, including its intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and engine oil cooler. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Back for 2021 with 480 HP, Aggressive Aero," 16 June 2020 The Mach 1's 480-hp V-8 is equipped with the GT350's intake manifold, oil-filter adapter, and oil cooling system. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Here Are All the Shelby Parts on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1," 16 June 2020 There's a new cylinder head with a six-port exhaust manifold instead of the previous six-into-two design. David Beard, Car and Driver, "One Year in, the 2021 Toyota Supra Adds Power, Chassis Tweaks, and a New Special Edition," 13 May 2020 But even if the International Monetary Fund and Group of 20 offer help this week to address what former IMF chief economist Maury Obstfeld described as the greatest global crisis of the postwar period, the risks to the rally are manifold. Netty Idayu Ismail,, "A Rally in Need of Help: Emerging Markets Look for Salvation," 10 May 2020 This '32 is powered by a 355ci Chevrolet small-block V8 engine with an Edelbrock manifold and carburetor, Offenhauser valve covers and ceramic-coated Sanderson headers. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 10 celebrity, charity and other cool cars to cross auction block on Friday," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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6 May 2021

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“Manifold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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