Clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious. See Synonyms at apparent.
v. man·i·fest·ed, man·i·fest·ing, man·i·fests
1. 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).
To become manifest; be revealed: Depression can manifest as irritability.
1. A list of cargo or passengers carried on a ship or plane.
2. An invoice of goods carried on a truck or train.
3. A list of railroad cars according to owner and location.
[Middle English manifeste, from Old French, from Latin manufestus, manifestus, caught in the act, blatant, obvious; see gwhedh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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