conjure

verb con·jure \ sense vt 2 & vi senses ˈkän-jər also ˈkən- ; sense vt 1 kən-ˈju̇r \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of conjure

conjured; conjuring play \ˈkänj-riŋ, ˈkän-jə-, ˈkənj-, ˈkən-jə-; kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly
  • "I conjure you … to weigh my case well … "
  • —Sheridan Le Fanu
2 a :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. Kaufmann
  • conjured 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
1 a :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

  1. a magician who conjures live doves from silk scarves

  2. The students conjured a clever scheme to raise the money they needed.

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Origin and Etymology of conjure

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



CONJURE Defined for English Language Learners

conjure

verb

Definition of conjure for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) appear or seem to appear by using magic

  • : to make you think of (something)

  • : to create or imagine (something)


CONJURE Defined for Kids

conjure

verb con·jure \ ˈkän-jər , ˈkən-jər \

Definition of conjure for Students

conjured; conjuring
1 :to practice magical arts
2 :imagine 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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