Clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious. See Synonyms at apparent. To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal: "Mercedes . . . manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria\u201d ( Jack London). To be evidence of; prove. To record in a ship's manifest. 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.