Main definitions of manifest in English

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manifest1

adjective

  • Clear or obvious to the eye or mind.

    ‘the system's manifest failings’
    • ‘However, the same determination to be objective is not manifest in Quinton's companion article on Continental philosophy.’
    • ‘Many child soldiers are forcibly recruited and this, of course, is a manifest abuse.’
    • ‘Whatever the theoretical attractions of this approach, its practical disadvantages have become ever more manifest.’
    • ‘His manifest vigour and sexuality were an implicit part of his appeal.’
    • ‘Is it possible that he is a frustrated actor who consequently feels the need to criticise anyone with manifest abilities in this field?’
    • ‘What steps has the organisation ever taken to correct the manifest error to which it was a contributing party?’
    • ‘They go through the motions with manifest tedium as if they are moving files in an office.’
    • ‘Likewise, effects can be gradual, and may not be manifest or observable in animal systems until it is too late.’
    • ‘‘The case is so strong it will be a manifest injustice if I do not win,’ he said.’
    • ‘Ms Fullerton says manifest incongruities occur in the statements of two, who sought to distance themselves from any responsibility.’
    • ‘Many things had changed for the better, with manifest confidence and increased prosperity widespread.’
    • ‘But what it lacked in mischief it made up in manifest sincerity.’
    • ‘If it does, it will be important to disobey it and have it tested in the courts, which one hopes will recognise its manifest absurdity.’
    • ‘It saves them from examining the manifest failings in their own actions’
    • ‘There may not have been actual wrong-doing, but there is manifest evidence of astonishing mismanagement.’
    • ‘In both cases, apology hardly compensates for the manifest evidence as to the scale of one's ineptitude.’
    • ‘And in that election, the early announcement of results had manifest effects on voting behaviour on subsequent polling days.’
    • ‘It is a manifest encroachment upon the just liberty both of the workman and of those who might be disposed to employ him.’
    • ‘But a state of affairs where the group most subject to being singled out for violence is uniquely not protected by the law is a manifest injustice.’
    • ‘In the eyes of a Tulia jury, that was more than enough to trump the manifest contradictions in his evidence.’
    obvious, clear, plain, apparent, evident, patent, palpable, distinct, definite, blatant, overt, glaring, barefaced, explicit, transparent, conspicuous, undisguised, unmistakable, unquestionable, undeniable, noticeable, perceptible, visible, recognizable, observable
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Display or show (a quality or feeling) by one's acts or appearance; demonstrate.

    ‘Ray manifested signs of severe depression’
    • ‘Some of this disgust manifested itself in small, peaceful street protests.’
    • ‘He added that Eileen also had a great love of nature which manifested itself in the way she tended her garden.’
    • ‘Such a tendency, or at least a failure to appreciate such a distinction, has clearly manifested itself in the present case.’
    • ‘Hate is manifested in a whole range of insults in football and nobody is spared in an arena where the lowest common denominator rules the roost.’
    • ‘And that faith was manifested in so many different ways.’
    • ‘This pride is also manifested in the way the Australians honour their sporting greats.’
    • ‘This manifested itself in endemic delinquency and depression.’
    • ‘‘People were literally going around smashing bottles, manifesting their anger,’ she says.’
    • ‘The entire panoply of human emotion was manifested in those 120 minutes.’
    • ‘Although all honest and decent St Lucians were very upset at this revelation, they never manifested much dismay and your supporters even rallied by your side.’
    • ‘What are you manifesting with your thoughts and words?’
    • ‘Very early on, Dunov manifested a great love for music and played the violin.’
    • ‘In their attempt to adopt the norm of this group, they manifest their aspirations of upward social mobility, but they overshoot the mark.’
    • ‘The team spirit displayed by all on the Oxford teams was exemplary and manifested itself in the many great performances witnessed on the day.’
    • ‘He also had an innate sense of compassion which manifested itself in various ways.’
    • ‘If liberalism were a factor, surely it would have manifested itself in higher rates for those bastions of the left.’
    • ‘Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury.’
    • ‘This simplistic way of looking at the world manifested itself in the worship of mountains, water, stone, fire and sex.’
    • ‘I cannot understand why they have to manifest their feelings in this way.’
    • ‘His fear and anticipation were manifested in the drills that he's been doing with his team.’
    display, show, exhibit, demonstrate, betray, present, evince, reveal, indicate, make plain, express, declare
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    1. 1.1Be evidence of; prove.
      ‘bad industrial relations are often manifested in disputes and strikes’
      • ‘Compared to the early struggles, the strikes of the 1890s manifested a significantly higher level of consciousness among the workers.’
      • ‘A threat does not now need to manifest itself or even be proven imminent to motivate a war.’
      • ‘Such initiative was evidence of the creativity manifested by working people when they sense the possibility of liberation.’
      • ‘Textual adherence is often claimed, but the evidence to support it does not generally manifest itself in performance.’
      • ‘The evidence shows us that such a commitment would first be manifested in improved Aboriginal child health.’
      • ‘This is evident in a wider context in the isolationism that manifests itself in various ways in their policies.’
      • ‘This concept is manifested in two substantive requirements for the specification and claims.’
    2. 1.2[no object](of an ailment) become apparent through the appearance of symptoms.
      ‘a disorder that usually manifests in middle age’
      • ‘Symptoms of toxicity are manifested primarily through the cardiovascular and central nervous system.’
      • ‘In some patients, arthritis manifests before clinical bowel disease.’
      • ‘Various systemic connective tissue diseases may also manifest in the eye as retinopathy.’
      • ‘Early Alzheimer's disease manifests as problems with retaining new information and difficulty with cueing to help jog the memory.’
      • ‘Parasitic infections manifest in different ways depending upon the parasite.’
    3. 1.3[no object](of a ghost or spirit) appear.
      ‘one deity manifested in the form of a bird’
      • ‘He knew without being told that the spirits had manifested in him.’
      • ‘I fall to my knees, arms raised in ecstasy, as a sensibly-dressed goddess manifests before me.’
      • ‘As we prayed, the spirits began to manifest.’
      • ‘As he began to forgive his father, the demons manifested violently.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin manifestus.

Pronunciation:

manifest

/ˈmanəˌfest/

Main definitions of manifest in English

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manifest2

noun

  • 1A document giving comprehensive details of a ship and its cargo and other contents, passengers, and crew for the use of customs officers.

    • ‘Maybe that's why they never checked the passenger manifest to make sure all the passengers were accounted for.’
    • ‘If you would not mind, a crew manifest would expedite the release of any unjustly imprisoned.’
    • ‘Through its spies, Germany was probably well aware of the ammunition in the hold, especially as it was openly declared on the ship's manifest.’
    • ‘The manifest of the Nigerian-registered ship said it was carrying 139 passengers.’
    • ‘He was told that the company had checked and his name was not on the passenger manifest.’
    • ‘The FBI was this weekend studying passenger manifests from two ferries operating between Falmouth, Nova Scotia, and Maine.’
    • ‘Once he had the crate cleared, he checked the attached manifest against the one logged in to the main computer files.’
    • ‘I would then compare these goods to the manifests of cargo that was going out that day.’
    • ‘He listed himself as a farm laborer on the manifest of the ship and didn't even write his mother until the day the ship was going to sail.’
    • ‘But careful scrutiny of passenger manifests and the brief questioning of seven passengers failed to turn up evidence that a suicide hijacking was likely.’
    • ‘If you're a customs inspector at a port of entry you can send photos of cargos and manifests back to the office where someone can check them against computer records.’
    • ‘The manifest showed that some of the passengers were schoolchildren.’
    • ‘It is unbelievable that the original passenger manifests have still not been released.’
    • ‘We've never seen a full set of passenger manifests.’
    • ‘They are simpler because they don't have to constantly and quickly access vital, secure databases such as passenger manifests.’
    • ‘Leo Durant sat in his office on the first level as he quietly peered over their cargo manifest.’
    • ‘A further boarding party from Portland then arrived to check that the tanker was carrying the cargo of water specified on her manifest.’
    • ‘The freighter was unidentified, flew no flag and offered a false ship's manifest.’
    • ‘A US inspection team discovered missiles, which were not declared as cargo on the ship's manifest.’
    • ‘The ship's manifest, meanwhile, had the boy down as Markus Rotkowicz.’
    1. 1.1A list of passengers or cargo in an aircraft.
      • ‘Investigators will be checking passenger manifests of outgoing flights from the east coast early on Tuesday morning.’
      • ‘Using the helicopter manifests, I counted the numbers of passenger-journeys and the numbers of flights for the complete months of September and October 1996.’
      • ‘Airport officials said the company that owns the jet could be penalized for the last minute change in the passenger manifest in violation of regulations.’
      • ‘Would they have the good sense to check the airline's manifest if I didn't show at the appointed place?’
      • ‘When she wakes up, Julia is nowhere to be found either on the plane or manifest.’
      • ‘These allegations will be proven by a trail of bank transactions among the three and a Malaysian Airlines flight manifest, the prosecution said.’
      • ‘Akobi said the plane's manifest listed 156 passengers and an unknown number of crew.’
      • ‘If we had a manifest from the airplane, or from the companies, we would pay the claim.’
    2. 1.2A list of the cars forming a freight train.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Record in a manifest.

    ‘every passenger is manifested at the point of departure’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting a manifestation): from Italian manifesto (see manifesto). The current sense dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation:

manifest

/ˈmanəˌfest/