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 \

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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con·​jure | \ ˈkän-jər How to pronounce conjure (audio) , 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, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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