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conjure

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verb con·jure \vt 2 & vi senses ˈkän-jər also ˈkən-; vt 1 kən-ˈju̇r\

Simple Definition of conjure

  • : to make (something) appear or seem to appear by using magic

  • : to make you think of (something)

  • : to create or imagine (something)

Full Definition of conjure

con·juredcon·jur·ing play \ˈkänj-riŋ, ˈkän-jə-, ˈkənj-, ˈkən-jə-; kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly

  3. 2 a :  to summon by or as if by invocation or incantation b (1) :  to affect or effect by or as if by magic (2) :  imagine, contrive —often used with up <we conjure up our own metaphors for our own needs — R. J. Kaufmann> (3) :  to bring to mind <words that conjure pleasant images> —often used with up <conjure up memories>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to summon a devil or spirit by invocation or incantation b :  to practice magical arts

  6. 2 :  to use a conjurer's tricks :  juggle

conjure with
  1. chiefly British :  to treat or regard as important <Victor Hugo is a name to conjure with — Peter France>

Examples of conjure

  1. a magician who conjures live doves from silk scarves

  2. The students conjured a clever scheme to raise the money they needed.



Origin of conjure

Middle English, from Anglo-French conjurer, from Latin conjurare to join in taking an oath, from com- + jurare to swear — more at jury


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with conjure




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