manifest

[man-uh-fest]

adjective

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)

noun


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
Related formsman·i·fest·a·ble, adjectiveman·i·fest·er, nounman·i·fest·ly, adverbman·i·fest·ness, nounnon·man·i·fest, adjectivenon·man·i·fest·ly, adverbnon·man·i·fest·ness, nounpre·man·i·fest, verbre·man·i·fest, verb (used with object)self-man·i·fest, adjectivesu·per·man·i·fest, verb (used with object)un·man·i·fest, adjectiveun·man·i·fest·ed, adjective

Synonyms for manifest

Synonym study

3. See display.

Antonyms for manifest

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Examples from the Web for manifestly

Contemporary Examples of manifestly

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  • He was so manifestly embarrassed that the small lady laughed.

  • All these are manifestly characteristics of Hamlet, and Posthumus possesses no others.

  • The reflection is manifestly Shakespeare's own, and here the form, too, is characteristic.

  • Manifestly, Shakespeare is thinking of Herbert and his base betrayal.

  • With his companions, however, the feeling was manifestly different.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for manifestly

manifest

adjective

easily noticed or perceived; obvious; plain
psychoanal of or relating to the ostensible elements of a dreammanifest content Compare latent (def. 5)

verb

(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

noun

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 manifestly
adv.

"clearly," early 15c., from manifest (adj.) + -ly (2).

manifest

v.

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.

manifest

n.

"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).

manifest

adj.

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.

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