- 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
verbman·i·fest·ed, man·i·fest·ing, man·i·fests
- To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal: “[Her] soft appearance belied her … 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)