Meaning of MANIFEST in English


I. ˈmanə]ˌfest sometimes ]_fə̇st or chiefly in southern United States & Brit -ni] or -nē] adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French manifeste, from Latin manifestus, manufestus, from manus hand + -festus (as in infestus hostile) — more at manual , dare


a. : capable of being readily and instantly perceived by the senses and especially by the sight : not hidden or concealed : open to view

the earth's convexity had now become strikingly manifest — E.A.Poe

b. : capable of being easily understood or recognized at once by the mind : not obscure : obvious

the wisdom of the new rule was so manifest that it was accepted as a conclusive precedent — Frederick Pollock

c. : being the part or aspect of a phenomenon that is directly observable : concretely expressed in behavior : overt

witchcraft has manifest and latent functions for the individual and for social groups — Psychological Abstracts

2. obsolete : bearing evident marks or signs — used with of

Synonyms: see evident

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English manifesten, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French manifester, from Latin manifestare, from manifestus

transitive verb

: to show plainly : make palpably evident or certain by showing or displaying

manifested precisely the same bone structure as the mask of the great author — Osbert Sitwell

choice manifests itself in society in small increments — Lewis Mumford

intransitive verb

: to produce a physical disturbance indicating the presence of a ghost or spirit : appear

observe a number of striking phenomena which … were then actively manifesting — Hereward Carrington

when the atmosphere is heavy, it is hard for the spirits to manifest — M.L.Bach

Synonyms: see show

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Italian; Middle French manifeste, from Italian manifesto — more at manifesto

1. : manifestation , indication

the Eightieth Congress had just been a manifest of Republican intentions — V.L.Albjerg

2. : manifesto

this manifest … is neither conservative nor too radical — Ernest Harms


a. : a list or invoice of cargo for any of several forms of transportation (as a ship or plane) usually containing marks or indications of contents or commodity, consignee, and other pertinent information for use at terminals or a customhouse

b. : a list (as of passengers, destinations, baggage weights) in air transportation for each flight

c. : a list of cars by location, number, owners' initials, and contents in a train, accompanying the train and teletyped to yards and terminals

4. : a fast freight train usually carrying merchandise, perishables, or livestock

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