- 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 manifest
All would attest to the manifest goodness that inspired the perfect nickname for the boy who would become a perfect cop.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
But no actual conflict is manifest in her writing whatsoever.A City Hall Affair to Remember
October 22, 2014
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
October 21, 2014
Exploration used to be such a big part of American life: manifest destiny, landing on the moon.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
What happened on Sunday, when the manifest of names was released to the press, was “just foolish,” Plame said.Valerie Plame: Kabul CIA Station Chief’s Outing Was ‘Colossally Stupid’
May 29, 2014
He was besides too proud to manifest his interest in the special contents of this letter.
Simplicity and self-forgetfulness were manifest in carriage and utterance.
Though he strove to put confidence into his words, his painful doubt was manifest.Within the Law
Only once did the white man speak or manifest the slightest interest.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
And it is manifest that for this country of Guayana the proper person has not been appointed.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- 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 manifest
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.
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.