verb (used with object)
- manifest content,
- manifest destiny,
- manifest function,
- manifest hyperopia,
Origin of 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
- 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 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.
"ship's cargo," 1706; see manifest (adj.). Earlier, "a public declaration" (c.1600; cf. manifesto), from French manifeste, verbal noun from manifester. Earlier still in English as "a manifestation" (1560s).