conjure

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

Definition of conjure

transitive verb

1 : to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly "Iconjureyou…toweighmycasewell…"— 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

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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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Thankfully, Meghan didn't skip a beat, and helped him locate his page with an onstage confidence only a former actress could conjure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Opted for a Givenchy Blouse and Skirt at the Endeavour Fund Awards," 7 Feb. 2019 Wilson is a magical force, capable of surviving poor offensive line play, conjuring a rushing attack, and summoning chunk plays down the field at will. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "What the national media are saying about the Seahawks entering 2018," 4 Sep. 2018 The dogs are part of a photo shoot conjured up by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Monse's Pre-Fall 2019 Collection Shoot Features Adorable Dogs for a Great Reason," 6 Dec. 2018 For many people, art can conjure visions of times past. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago artist Caroline Liu reclaims identity, heals from trauma through her art," 15 Dec. 2017 That is the image the disincarceration movement wants to conjure up. Barry Latzer, WSJ, "Beware the Next Step on Criminal-Justice Reform," 23 Dec. 2018 By that definition, nobody is truly self-made, but the word does conjure up images of someone who boot-strapped their way to the top (McGrath) as opposed to a person who achieved success with the help of family money and worldwide fame (Jenner). Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 2018 Sure, bikes don’t have to be expensive to be great, and the resourceful cyclist knows how to conjure up something from nothing out of the parts bin down at the bike co-op. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "No, Cycling Isn't Elitist," 5 July 2018 As Discovery's ringmaster, Meldman negotiates all of the big deals, sets company policy, and has the benefit of two decades of experience to conjure up resorts that will continue to thrive. Christopher Mason, Town & Country, "The Evolution of the Private Vacation Club," 17 Oct. 2016

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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 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, Chamber of Secrets

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