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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The sickly green illumination and starkly clinical setting of a 2009 Edmund Clark photograph are enough, on their own, to conjure bad dreams of Dr. Frankenstein’s unnameable offspring. Charles Desmarais,, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 The assurances offered to the Eritreans and Sudanese—as well as to the Israeli public—seemed to be conjured out of thin air. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 In the top of the seventh, St. Paul's (23-12) tried to conjure some magic of their own, but the Gods were having none of it. Jim Derry,, "Jay Curtis' 6th-inning blast leads John Curtis past St. Paul's, 2-1, in Division I state title game," 13 May 2018 Despite whatever whiff of desolation and vacancy the West still manages to conjure up for tourists, it was parceled up long ago. Longreads, "The Dying Days of the New West," 8 May 2018 The effort is likely to conjure up comparisons to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on 16-ounce sugary drinks that agitated customers until the courts knocked that rule down. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Want a Coke with that Happy Meal? Louisville restaurants may have to offer water first," 19 Apr. 2018 And the story’s signature sequence, in which Edward woos his future wife by conjuring a field of daffodils, is throat-catchingly romantic, with flowers blooming on the walls while the cast carries in more. Daryl H. Miller,, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018 While watching all of this Liza-Josh drama, the Olivia-Fitz madness of yore is quickly conjured., "Is Younger Setting The Stage For A Liza-Josh Reunion?," 11 July 2018 European defense ministries surely can conjure a bit of mutual trust. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Europe’s Little Alliances Can Help Bolster NATO," 10 July 2018

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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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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)


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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