Choose the verb manifest when someone shows something for everyone to notice. You might manifest your dislike of school food by stirring it around into a big pile of slop on your tray.

Coming from the Latin manifestus, “caught in the act,” manifest can be used as an adjective or a noun as well as a verb. As an adjective, manifest is a formal way to say that something is apparent to the senses and is synonymous with evident, apparent, or clear. If you have strong feelings about something, they will be manifest on your face. A ship or plane’s manifest is the list of cargo or passengers on a particular trip.

Definitions of manifest
  1. adjective

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    manifest disapproval”
    apparent, evident, patent, plain, unmistakable


    easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
  2. verb

    reveal its presence or make an appearance

    “the ghost
    manifests each year on the same day”
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    come into sight or view

  3. verb

    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one’s behavior, attitude, or external attributes

    “The buildings in Rome
    manifest a high level of architectural sophistication”
    attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence


    establish or verify the usage of
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    establish the authenticity of something

    give evidence of

    give evidence of a certain behavior
    notarise, notarize

    authenticate as a notary

    demonstrate the guilt of (someone)

    obtain probate of

    reflect or resemble

    condemn by attainder
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    bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify

    provide evidence for

  4. noun

    a customs document listing the contents put on a ship or plane

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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

  5. verb

    record in a ship’s manifest

    “each passenger must be
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    enter, put down, record

    make a record of; set down in permanent form

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