verb (used with object)
Origin of manifest
SYNONYMS FOR manifest
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.
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
Exploration used to be such a big part of American life: manifest destiny, landing on the moon.
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’|Eleanor Clift|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chuckling low at the manifest disappointment in my face, she disappeared, to return almost instantly.Miriam Monfort|Catherine A. Warfield
To some of the most manifest imitations and adaptations, it is impossible to deny originality.Horace and His Influence|Grant Showerman
It was not yet absolute perfection, but progress was manifest.The Man With The Broken Ear|Edmond About
"Good evening, madam," he says, unable to repress a smile at her manifest astonishment on beholding him there.A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
As to the unmarketable nature of his cargo, that specious plea is flatly disproved by the ship's manifest.An Old New Zealander|T. Lindsay Buick
British Dictionary definitions for manifest
- 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