readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain: a manifest error.
Psychoanalysis. of or pertaining to conscious feelings, ideas, and impulses that contain repressed psychic material: the manifest content of a dream as opposed to the latent content that it conceals.
verb (used with object)
to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly: He manifested his approval with a hearty laugh.
to prove; put beyond doubt or question: The evidence manifests the guilt of the defendant.
to record in a ship's manifest.
a list of the cargo carried by a ship, made for the use of various agents and officials at the ports of destination.
a list or invoice of goods transported by truck or train.
a list of the cargo or passengers carried on an airplane.

1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English < Latin manifestus, manufestus detected in the act, evident, visible; (v.) Middle English manifesten < Middle French manifester < Latin manifestāre, derivative of manifestus. See manus, infest

manifestable, adjective
manifester, noun
manifestly, adverb
manifestness, noun
nonmanifest, adjective
nonmanifestly, adverb
nonmanifestness, noun
premanifest, verb
remanifest, verb (used with object)
self-manifest, adjective
supermanifest, verb (used with object)
unmanifest, adjective
unmanifested, adjective

1. clear, distinct, unmistakable, patent, open, palpable, visible, conspicuous. 3. reveal, disclose, evince, evidence, demonstrate, declare, express. See display.

1. obscure. 3. conceal. Unabridged
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manifest (ˈmænɪˌfɛst)
1.  easily noticed or perceived; obvious; plain
2.  psychoanal Compare latent of or relating to the ostensible elements of a dream: manifest content
3.  (tr) to show plainly; reveal or display: to manifest great emotion
4.  (tr) to prove beyond doubt
5.  (intr) (of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form
6.  (tr) to list in a ship's manifest
7.  a customs document containing particulars of a ship, its cargo, and its destination
8.  a.  a list of cargo, passengers, etc, on an aeroplane
 b.  a list of railway trucks or their cargo
 c.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a fast freight train carrying perishables
[C14: from Latin manifestus plain, literally: struck with the hand, from manū with the hand + -festus struck]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "clearly revealed," from L. manifestus "caught in the act, plainly apprehensible, clear, evident," from manus "hand" (see manual) + -festus "struck" (cf. second element of infest). The noun sense of "ship's cargo" is from 1706. The
verb sense of "to show plainly" is late 14c., from L. manifestare.
"Other nations have tried to check ... the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the Continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions." [John O'Sullivan (1813-1895), "U.S. Magazine & Democratic Review," July 1845]
Related: Manifested; manifesting; manifestly.
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Example sentences
Our solar system may not have enough particles to manifest this effect, but a
  galaxy has much more making this effect obvious.
Stress and anxiety can manifest as bouts of hypochondriasis.
In mild instances this will be manifest as a feeling of peace or relief.
It will seek and manifest consensus on the means of achieving national goals.
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