- The definition of manifest is something that is clear to see or understand.
An example of manifest is someone knowing that something is true.
- Manifest is defined as to prove or make something clear.
An example of manifest is showing someone the facts about something.
Origin of manifestMiddle English ; from Old French manifeste ; from Classical Latin manifestus, earlier manufestus, literally , struck by the hand, palpable, evident ; from manus, a hand (see manual) + base akin to (in)festus: see infest
- to make clear or evident; show plainly; reveal; evince
- to prove; be evidence of
- to enter in a ship's manifest
Origin of manifestME manifesten < OFr manifester < L manifestare
- an itemized list of a ship's cargo, to be shown to customs officials
- a list of the passengers and cargo on an airplane
- Rare a manifestation
verbman·i·fest·ed, man·i·fest·ing, man·i·fests
- To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal: “[Her] soft appearance belied her &ellipsis; steadfastness. She manifested no fear and allowed none in her voice” (Philip Roth).
- a. To record in a ship's manifest.b. To display or present a manifest of (cargo).
- A list of cargo or passengers carried on a ship or plane.
- An invoice of goods carried on a truck or train.
- A list of railroad cars according to owner and location.
Origin of manifestMiddle English manifeste, from Old French, from Latin manufestus, manifestus, caught in the act, blatant, obvious; see gwhedh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more manifest, superlative most manifest)
(third-person singular simple present manifests, present participle manifesting, simple past and past participle manifested)