[ man-uh-fuh-stey-shuh n, -fe- ]
/ ˌmæn ə fəˈsteɪ ʃən, -fɛ- /


an act of manifesting.
the state of being manifested.
outward or perceptible indication; materialization: At first there was no manifestation of the disease.
a public demonstration, as for political effect.
Spiritualism. a materialization.

Nearby words

  1. manifest content,
  2. manifest destiny,
  3. manifest function,
  4. manifest hyperopia,
  5. manifestant,
  6. manifestative,
  7. manifesting heterozygote,
  8. manifestly,
  9. manifesto,
  10. manifold

Origin of manifestation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin manifestātiōn- (stem of manifestātiō). See manifest, -ation

Related formsnon·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounpre·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounre·man·i·fes·ta·tion, nounself-man·i·fes·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manifestation


/ (ˌmænɪfɛˈsteɪʃən) /


the act of demonstrating; displaya manifestation of solidarity
the state of being manifested
an indication or sign
a public demonstration of feeling
the materialization of a disembodied spirit
Derived Formsmanifestational, adjectivemanifestative, adjective

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Word Origin and History for manifestation



early 15c., "action of manifesting; exhibition, demonstration," from Late Latin manifestationem (nominative manifestatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin manifestare (see manifest (adj.)). Meaning "an object, action, or presence by which something is made manifest" is from 1785. The spiritualism sense is attested from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for manifestation


[ măn′ə-fĕ-stāshən ]


An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something, especially an illness.

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