- 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 unmanifest
For him this world is Maya—illusion, and the true life is that which is unmanifest.Hindustani Lyrics
Kathekos or chaos is the unmanifest, unorganized, unconditioned, unlimited and undifferentiated plasm.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
Not without significance is Paul's assertion that the glory of God's children is now unmanifest but shall be revealed in them.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
- 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 unmanifest
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.