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.
The Latin sense of manifestus “evident, plain to see” is the earliest sense in English. The Latin verb manifestāre “to make visible, indicate, make plain, disclose,” a derivative of manifestus, is, along with the Middle French verb manifester, the source of the English verb.
The noun sense of manifest, “a list of a ship’s cargo or goods,” appeared in the late 17th century and comes from Italian manifesto “a public declaration, especially a written declaration,” which dates from the early 17th century. That Italian word is, of course, the source of English manifesto, “a public declaration of intentions, opinions, etc.,” which happens to be one of the less common meanings of English manifest.
- man·i·fest·a·ble, adjective
- man·i·fest·er, noun
- man·i·fest·ly, adverb
- man·i·fest·ness, noun
- non·man·i·fest, adjective
- non·man·i·fest·ness, noun
- pre·man·i·fest, verb
- re·man·i·fest, verb (used with object)
- self-man·i·fest, adjective
- su·per·man·i·fest, verb (used with object)
- un·man·i·fest, adjective
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How to use manifest in a sentence
With solarpunk’s emphasis on peer-to-peer, turning what you desire into reality is not about waiting for an authority to deliver, but to take it upon yourself to organize and manifest.Solarpunk Is Growing a Gorgeous New World in the Cracks of the Old One | Carin Ism | September 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Humans between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most likely to report feeling lonely, and this is also the age when many mental-health disorders first begin to manifest.Why do you feel lonely? Neuroscience is starting to find answers. | Amy Nordrum | September 4, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Not that this has mattered much, because there hasn’t been a good way to get any but the crudest measurements of the many rapidly shifting whorls and eddies in turbulence that manifest at scales differing by a factor of up to 10,000.An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence | David H. Freedman | September 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Now, a new survey from theBoardlist and Qualtrics suggests that that damage is starting to manifest.Moms are getting fewer raises and promotions than dads while working remotely | kristenlbellstrom | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
This manifests in unequal access to education, poor health outcomes, high child mortality rates and, yes, wage discrimination and limited access to economic opportunities.COVID-19 Highlighted Pay Disparities; November’s Election Can Help Fix Them | Shirley Weber | August 13, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
All would attest to the manifest goodness that inspired the perfect nickname for the boy who would become a perfect cop.
Krampus makes manifest the shadow sides of human nature that Christianity seeks to repress.
But no actual conflict is manifest in her writing whatsoever.
Dubya, for all his manifest faults, is a very gregarious guy.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel | Marlow Stern | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Exploration used to be such a big part of American life: manifest destiny, landing on the moon.
The manifest annoyance of her household was thus easily accounted for, but he marveled at the strength of her bodyguard.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Between South and North, the probabilities of a serious, and no very distant rupture, are strong and manifest.
There are some folk in this country, you know, who manifest a very retiring disposition at times.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
There is a restiveness in human nature that resists compulsion, even to its own manifest advantage.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Further questions respecting her family, &c., were answered with equal directness and propriety, and with manifest truth.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for manifest
easily noticed or perceived; obvious; plain
psychoanal of or relating to the ostensible elements of a dream: manifest content Compare latent (def. 5)
(tr) to show plainly; reveal or display: to 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 Canadian a fast freight train carrying perishables
- manifestable, adjective
- manifestly, adverb
- manifestness, noun
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