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 conjuring (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 upWe 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 upconjure 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Neanderthals hardly conjure up images of prehistoric beach life, but scientists have revealed surprising new details of how our extinct relatives survived. Fox News, "Neanderthal beachcombers went diving for seashells, scientists discover," 17 Jan. 2020 The word conjures up images of grandiose palaces and extravagant celebrity dwellings, but those homes won't be found in Louisville — at least, not at an affordable price. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "'Affordable mansion'? Louisville has more than most cities, new ranking says," 6 Dec. 2019 The Bowery reference made the area seem rather seedy and sordid, conjuring up images of barroom brawls, prostitution, roustabouts and gambling houses. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019 The gorgeous alt-pop track conjures up the rich, luxurious images director Brittpaperscissors used for the new clip. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Caveboy's 'Silk For Gold' Lyric Video Precedes New Album, U.S. Focus: Premiere," 29 Oct. 2019 Describing a breast exam as 3D may conjure up images of holograms or virtual reality. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "A massive marketing muscle pushes 3D mammograms, despite no evidence they save lives, investigation shows," 18 Oct. 2019 Johnson said, conjuring images of cactus plants amid rock gardens. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "‘Power of Plants’ talk kicks off native planting effort at Lanterman House," 2 Oct. 2019 Hearing the names of places like Ecorse, Southgate or Riverview conjured images of faraway lands populated by unknown people. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 For a particular patient, falling may conjure up images of 9/11. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Common Dreams and What They Really Mean," 19 Aug. 2019

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

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conjure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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 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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