- 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 manifested
For some women, this manifested as fear of being ostracized at work, or putting themselves in danger of losing their kids at home.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
“We had to find out what it caused … how it manifested,” says Breman.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
Inhofe and Warren are responsible for the way that hate is manifested.Hillary, ‘The Family,’ and Uganda’s Anti-Gay Christian Mafia
February 25, 2014
But surely, many of the men who fought on the Western Front manifested equal virtues.Lawrence of Arabia Became Popular as the Dashing Antithesis of the War in Europe
December 21, 2013
The political division has manifested itself in recent state media coverage.The End of Bo
Wenguang Huang, Pin Ho
September 22, 2013
He manifested no reverence for Bishops and Lords, for he felt none.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
She manifested no surprise in seeing them, nor any other emotion.Little Dorrit
Valentine, on being approached, at first manifested some surprise.Fruitfulness
The abbe, on his side, manifested inexhaustible complaisance.The Fat and the Thin
Under these circumstances, they manifested a strong desire for peace.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- 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 manifested
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.
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.