conjure

verb
con·jure | \ sense vt 2 & vi senses ˈkän-jər also ˈkən-; sense vt 1 kən-ˈju̇r \
conjured; conjuring\ˈkänj-riŋ, ˈkän-jə-, ˈkənj-, ˈkən-jə-; kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ \

Definition of conjure 

transitive verb

1 : to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly "I conjure you … to weigh my case well … "— Sheridan Le Fanu

2a : 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. Kaufmannconjured 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

1a : 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

conjure with

chiefly British : to treat or regard as important Victor Hugo is a name to conjure with— Peter 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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First Known Use of conjure

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for conjure

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

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conjure

verb

English Language Learners 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)

conjure

verb
con·jure | \ˈkän-jər, ˈkən-jər\
conjured; conjuring

Kids Definition of conjure

1 : to practice magical arts

2 : imagine sense 1 conjure up an image

3 : to produce by or as if by magic Conjuring up portable, waterproof fires was a specialty of Hermione's.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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