conjure

verb

con·​jure
transitive sense 2 & intransitive senses
ˈkän-jər How to pronounce conjure (audio)
also
ˈkən- How to pronounce conjure (audio)
transitive sense 1
kən-ˈju̇r How to pronounce conjure (audio)
conjured; conjuring ˈkänj-riŋ How to pronounce conjure (audio)
ˈkän-jə-,
ˈkənj-,
ˈkən-jə-;
kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ

transitive verb

1
: to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly
"I conjure you … to weigh my case well … "Sheridan Le Fanu
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
conjured up a clever plan to raise the money
(3)
: to bring to mind
words that conjure pleasant images
often used with up
conjure up memories

intransitive verb

1
a
: to summon a devil or spirit by invocation or incantation
b
: to practice magical arts
… prayed and conjured, but all was useless …Herman Melville
2
: to use a conjurer's tricks : juggle
Phrases
conjure with
chiefly British : to treat or regard as important
Victor Hugo is a name to conjure withPeter France

Examples of conjure in a Sentence

a magician who conjures live doves from silk scarves The students conjured a clever scheme to raise the money they needed.
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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conjure was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Conjure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conjure. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

conjure

verb
con·​jure ˈkän-jər How to pronounce conjure (audio) ˈkən- How to pronounce conjure (audio)
in sense 1
kən-ˈju̇(ə)r How to pronounce conjure (audio)
conjured; conjuring
1
: to beg earnestly or solemnly : beseech
2
a
: to call forth (as a spirit or a devil) by magical words
b
: to produce as if by magic
her imagination conjured up a splendid scene
managed to conjure up something for lunch
3
: to practice magic or magical tricks
conjurer noun
or conjuror
ˈkän-jər-ər,
ˈkən-

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