- readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain: a manifest error.
- Psychoanalysis. of or relating to conscious feelings, ideas, and impulses that contain repressed psychic material: the manifest content of a dream as opposed to the latent content that it conceals.
- to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly: He manifested his approval with a hearty laugh.
- to prove; put beyond doubt or question: The evidence manifests the guilt of the defendant.
- to record in a ship's manifest.
- a list of the cargo carried by a ship, made for the use of various agents and officials at the ports of destination.
- a list or invoice of goods transported by truck or train.
- a list of the cargo or passengers carried on an airplane.
Origin of manifest
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Examples from the Web for manifesting
But the political turmoil is manifesting itself in ugly, hate-filled violence.Egypt’s Military Holiday Marred By Deaths
October 7, 2013
Her body became a mutating “canvas,” manifesting reactions such as hives, rashes, swelling, and stomach pains.Be Meat and Drink: A Conceptual Performance at Allegra LaViola Gallery
April 15, 2011
Try an experiment: Envision your life unfolding as in a lucid dream; that is to say, manifesting according to your desires.Horoscopes: The Week of March 27
Starsky + Cox
March 26, 2011
He talked about manifesting energy into the universe, sounding a lot like The Secret.The Hurt Locker’s Explosive Star
December 13, 2009
I believe that only once in his life was he betrayed into manifesting a strong emotion.Benjamin Franklin
Paul Elmer More
Her new series of laws, manifesting her abandonment of these opinions, appears to have commenced in December, 1828.
In fact, the guides were manifesting more or less impatience.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
He seemed to take pleasure in manifesting his fiendish barbarity.The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The younger members outdid the elder in manifesting their belief.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
- easily noticed or perceived; obvious; plain
- psychoanal of or relating to the ostensible elements of a dreammanifest content Compare latent (def. 5)
- (tr) to show plainly; reveal or displayto manifest great emotion
- (tr) to prove beyond doubt
- (intr) (of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form
- (tr) to list in a ship's manifest
- a customs document containing particulars of a ship, its cargo, and its destination
- a list of cargo, passengers, etc, on an aeroplane
- a list of railway trucks or their cargo
- mainly US and Canadiana fast freight train carrying perishables
Word Origin and History for manifesting
late 14c., "to spread" (one's fame), "to show plainly," from manifest (adj.) or else from Latin manifestare "to discover, disclose, betray" (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "to display by actions" is from 1560s; reflective sense, of diseases, etc., "to reveal as in operation" is from 1808. Related: Manifested; manifesting.
late 14c., "clearly revealed," from Old French manifest "evident, palpable," (12c.), or directly from Latin manifestus "plainly apprehensible, clear, apparent, evident;" of offenses, "proved by direct evidence;" of offenders, "caught in the act," probably from manus "hand" (see manual) + -festus "struck" (cf. second element of infest).
Other nations have tried to check ... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the Continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. [John O'Sullivan (1813-1895), "U.S. Magazine & Democratic Review," July 1845]
The phrase apparently is O'Sullivan's coinage; the notion is as old as the republic.