What does manifest mean?

Definitions for manifest
ˈmæn əˌfɛstman·i·fest

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manifestadjective

    a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane

  2. apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakableverb

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

  3. attest, certify, manifest, demonstrate, evidenceverb

    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

    "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"

  4. manifestverb

    record in a ship's manifest

    "each passenger must be manifested"

  5. manifestverb

    reveal its presence or make an appearance

    "the ghost manifests each year on the same day"


  1. manifestnoun

    A public declaration; an open statement; a manifesto or manifestation.

  2. manifestnoun

    A list or invoice of the passengers or goods being carried by a commercial vehicle or ship.

  3. manifestnoun

    A file containing metadata describing other files.

  4. manifestverb

    To show plainly; to make to appear distinctly, usually to the mind; to put beyond question or doubt; to display; to exhibit.

    His courage manifested itself via the look on his face.

  5. manifestverb

    To exhibit the manifests or prepared invoices of; to declare at the customhouse.

  6. manifestadjective

    Evident to the senses, especially to the sight; apparent; distinctly perceived.

  7. manifestadjective

    Obvious to the understanding; apparent to the mind; easily apprehensible; plain; not obscure or hidden.

  8. manifestadjective

    Detected; convicted.

    Calistho there stood manifest of shame. Dryden.

  9. Etymology: manifeste, from manifestus, manufestus, from manus + *festus, participle of *fendere "strike" (seen also in defendere, offendere, etc.).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manifestadjective

    evident to the senses, esp. to the sight; apparent; distinctly perceived; hence, obvious to the understanding; apparent to the mind; easily apprehensible; plain; not obscure or hidden

  2. Manifestadjective

    detected; convicted; -- with of

  3. Manifestadjective

    a public declaration; an open statement; a manifesto. See Manifesto

  4. Manifestadjective

    a list or invoice of a ship's cargo, containing a description by marks, numbers, etc., of each package of goods, to be exhibited at the customhouse

  5. Manifestverb

    to show plainly; to make to appear distinctly, -- usually to the mind; to put beyond question or doubt; to display; to exhibit

  6. Manifestverb

    to exhibit the manifests or prepared invoices of; to declare at the customhouse

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. manifeste. See Manifest, a., and cf. Manifesto.]


  1. Manifest

    An assembly manifest is a text file containing metadata about CLI assemblies. It describes the relationship and dependencies of the components in the assembly, versioning information, scope information and the security permissions required by the assembly. The manifest information embedded within an assembly can be viewed using IL Disassembler which is available as part of Microsoft Windows SDK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manifest

    man′i-fest, adj. that may be easily seen by the eye or perceived by the mind: clear: apparent: evident.—v.t. to make clear or easily seen: to show plainly: to put beyond doubt: to reveal or declare.—n. an open or public statement: a list or invoice of a ship's cargo to be exhibited at the custom-house.—adjs. Manifest′able, Manifest′ible, that can be manifested or clearly shown.—n. Manifestā′tion, act of disclosing what is dark or secret: that by which something is manifested or shown: display: revelation.—adv. Man′ifestly.—n. Man′ifestness, state of being manifest. [Fr.,—L. manifestusmanus, the hand, -festus, pa.p. of obs. fendĕre, to dash against.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. manifest

    A document specifying in detail the passengers or items carried for a specific destination.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. manifest

    An official inventory of the cargo of a merchant ship, specifying the name and tonnage of the vessel, the description of goods, the names of shippers and consignees, and the marks of each package.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. manifest

    A public declaration, usually of a prince or sovereign, showing his intentions, or proclaiming his opinions and motives in reference to some act done or contemplated by him; as, a manifesto declaring the purpose of a prince to begin war, and explaining his motives.

Editors Contribution

  1. manifest

    To create, express or provide proof.

    The political choices did manifest as a complete change of electoral choice for a unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manifest in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manifest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of manifest in a Sentence

  1. Futuro Surf:

    From dawn of creation. Passion burning sensation. To make reality of imagination. Fear not the dissenters, prove them wrong their bitter sight. Forget not the believers Out of love prove them right. Oh great dreamer I call upon you. Your power, manifest. Shine your light upon this world forever. Til your vessel takes its rest.

  2. Marianne Williamson:

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous Actually, who are you not to be You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

  3. Frances Lee:

    The pressures are latent but it's not yet manifest in our politics, the thing to watch for is the extent to which politicians begin to question the fairness of the system. You need to see more of that before the system's legitimacy is in peril.

  4. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.

  5. Victor Hugo:

    From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

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  • قائمةArabic
  • manifest, manifestarCatalan, Valencian
  • manifest, manifestieren, LadungslisteGerman
  • δηλωτικόGreek
  • manifestoEsperanto
  • declaración, revelar, manifestar, manifiesto, declaración de carga, proclamación, profesión de fe, mostrar, sobordo, evidenteSpanish
  • ظاهرPersian
  • matkustajaluettelo, selvittää, rahtiluettelo, ilmoittaa, luettelo, ilmetä, ilmeinen, ilmentymä, manifesti, ilmaistaFinnish
  • bordereau, proclamation, manifeste, profession de foi, déclaration, mise au point, coming outFrench
  • nyataIndonesian
  • manifestoItalian
  • מניפסטHebrew
  • 宣言, 積荷目録, 明らかな, 明白な, 表明するJapanese
  • 명백한Korean
  • whakatinanaMāori
  • vrachtlijst, manifest, manifesteren, vrachtbriefDutch
  • manifestere, manifest, åpenbarNorwegian
  • manifestPolish
  • manifesto, dar ao manifestoPortuguese
  • манифест, явный, проявиться, проявляться, очевидный, проявить, декларация, проявлятьRussian
  • tydlig, uppenbarSwedish
  • வெளிப்படையானTamil
  • విదితము, గోచరము, వ్యక్తముTelugu
  • gümrük bildirimi, manifestoTurkish
  • کھلیUrdu
  • biểu hiệnVietnamese
  • 表現Chinese

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