manifest

adjective
man·​i·​fest | \ ˈma-nə-ˌfest How to pronounce manifest (audio) \

Essential Meaning of manifest

formal
1 : able to be seen : clearly shown or visible Their sadness was manifest in their faces. His love for literature is manifest in his large library. There was manifest confusion in the streets.
2 : easy to understand or recognize The truth was manifest [=(more commonly) obvious] to everyone but me. a manifest injustice

Full 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 Nowhere is this juxtaposition of innocence and corruption more manifest than that signature baby doll. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas And Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Climate change isn’t just real, the challenges are manifest and accelerating faster than most of us could have imagined. Rob Kaplan, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 No symptoms manifest, and most of the body’s immune cells never get involved, a bit like an intruder smacking up against an electric fence around a building, leaving the security guards inside none the wiser. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2021 And there, its essential role as an expression of self and antidote to horror is manifest. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 The optics of this debacle were manifest to the American people who were horrified that Congress would intervene in such a painful, personal family dispute which had been thoroughly litigated and settled in court. Charlie Dent, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 The question is already manifest in the debate over how deeply to cooperate against a mutual enemy, the Islamic State branch in the region, known as ISIS-K. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Defense officials said the Taliban were not allowed to keep copies of the passes or the list of names and that most people on the manifest were out of the country already. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 The manifest threat of sickness or death from COVID-19, especially as the Delta variant spreads, even trumps the cynicism of such purveyors of anti-vaccination propaganda as Fox News. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Landry Jones says the purpose of the song — and the album overall — is to spark creativity in listeners’ minds, however that may manifest. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 24 Sep. 2021 Other symptoms that might manifest include soreness, lethargy, a stiff neck, and a sudden lack of coordination. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 Watch The Power of the Dog teaser above and manifest more firsts: an Oscar nomination for Dunst and a Best Director win for Campion. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 26 Aug. 2021 While donations from the tech and media industries heavily oppose the recall effort—$5.6 million to $233,000, according to Cal Matters—a small but vocal group of technocrats are trying to oust Newsom and manifest a different kind of California. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 24 Aug. 2021 Forget your crystals and your sage—just print out this photo of Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa to cleanse your space, heal your energy, and manifest all your dreams. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 20 Aug. 2021 Again, think of this card as less like a final ruling and more like important information to help manifest your ideal resolution. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 4 Aug. 2021 In August, Huntsville Venue Group is bringing in a community programming manager to help manifest those intentions. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 23 July 2021 Ritchie will be eagerly waiting to see the answers to those questions manifest on the company’s stages in future seasons. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the way these events manifest are deeply annoying. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 At that point, for security purposes, every commercial ship or yacht weighing more than 300 tons must submit to the Coast Guard an advance notice of arrival that reviews the vessel’s manifest. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 McBride and other survivors of fires caused by PG&E are now anxiously watching how the company fares this fire season, as the effects of climate change manifest through warmer and drier conditions that are fueling severe wildfires. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Aug. 2021 Of course, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer are not dating, no matter how hard a British gossip magazine and super-fans on social media are trying to make that manifest. Daric L. Cottingham, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Ramírez traced his family names back to a passenger manifest from a ship of descendants of Spanish Jews that left Seville in 1580. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Jeff Bezos has finalized the manifest for his company’s first passenger flight to space, and it’s a rather unusual bunch. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 Emotions can be pretty powerful & manifest into physical ailments. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2021 The flight's manifest showed 22 passengers and six crew members were aboard, according to emergency services. NBC News, 6 July 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 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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