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.).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manifestadjective

    Etymology: manifestus, Latin.

    They all concur as principles, they all have their forcible operations therein, although not all in like apparent and manifest manner. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Rom. i. 19.

    He was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. 1 Pet. i. 20.

    He full
    Resplendent all his father manifest
    Express’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Thus manifest to fight the God appear’d. John Dryden, Æn.

    I saw, I saw him manifest in view,
    His voice, his figure, and his gesture knew. Dryden.

    Calistho there stood manifest of shame,
    And turn’d a bear, the northern star became. Dryden.

  2. Manifestnoun

    Declaration; publick protestation.

    Etymology: manifeste, Fr. manifesto, Italian.

    You authentick witnesses I bring,
    Of this my manifest: that never more
    This hand shall combat on the crooked shore. Dryden.

  3. To Manifestverb

    To make appear; to make publick; to shew plainly; to discover.

    Etymology: manifester, Fr. manifesto, Lat.

    Thy life did manifest, thou lov’dst me not;
    And thou wilt have me die assured of it. William Shakespeare.

    He that loveth me I will love him, and manifest myself to him. John xiv. 21.

    He was pleased himself to assume, and manifest his will in, our flesh, and so not only as God from heaven, but God visible on earth, to preach reformation among us. Henry Hammond.

    This perverse commotion
    Must manifest thee worthiest to be heir
    Of all things. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vi.

    Were he not by law withstood,
    He’d manifest his own inhuman blood. John Dryden, Juv.

    It may be part of our employment in eternity, to contemplate the works of God, and give him the glory of his wisdom manifested in the creation. John Ray, on Creation.

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. Bayard Rustin:

    When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous--a man who brutalizes people. But *you* love him or you wouldn't be here. You're going to Mississippi to create social change--and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it--at which point they can become human too.

  3. Lori Heinel:

    We saw lots of volatility in fixed income and currency, but not until the last few weeks have we seen it manifest in equity markets. We’re in a slow-growth mode environment where we have major players jockeying to maintain growth and capture whatever growth they can. It will lead to more volatility in bonds, currency, and stocks as participants grapple with the net impact to profitability.

  4. Amit Ray:

    Come out of the don'ts and impossibles. Manifest your dream. Bloom your worth.

  5. William Feather:

    A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.

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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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