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.

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. manicotti,
  2. manicure,
  3. manicured,
  4. manicurist,
  5. manifer,
  6. manifest content,
  7. manifest destiny,
  8. manifest function,
  9. manifest hyperopia,
  10. manifestant

Origin of manifest

1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English < Latin manifestus, manufestus detected in the act, evident, visible; (v.) Middle English manifesten < Middle French manifester < Latin manifestāre, derivative of manifestus. See manus, infest

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Synonym study

3. See display. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manifest



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
  1. a list of cargo, passengers, etc, on an aeroplane
  2. a list of railway trucks or their cargo
  3. mainly US and Canadiana fast freight train carrying perishables
Derived Formsmanifestable, adjectivemanifestly, adverbmanifestness, noun

Word Origin for manifest

C14: from Latin manifestus plain, literally: struck with the hand, from manū with the hand + -festus struck

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Word Origin and History for manifest
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