[ man-uh-fest ]
/ ˈmæn əˌfɛst /


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)


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

Examples from the Web for unmanifest

  • Not without significance is Paul's assertion that the glory of God's children is now unmanifest but shall be revealed in them.

  • Kathekos or chaos is the unmanifest, unorganized, unconditioned, unlimited and undifferentiated plasm.

    The Mystery of Space|Robert T. Browne
  • For him this world is Maya—illusion, and the true life is that which is unmanifest.

British Dictionary definitions for unmanifest


/ (ˈmænɪˌfɛst) /


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



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 Canadian a 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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