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 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 The two con artists even conspired to conjure a genie from the lamp, which turned out to be one of the men, to convince the doctor of its authenticity, the BBC reported. Star Tribune, "News of the Weird: A hands-off approach to holding hands," 20 Nov. 2020 But it’s not a piece of cake to conjure up, and conditions matter. Lisa Damour, New York Times, "How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing," 29 Oct. 2020 If people had slowed down and taken some time to look, most could have seen that there was no sign of rioting antifa on Seth Larson's Facebook Live video, despite his efforts to conjure them. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington," 8 Oct. 2020 With so many people canceling their holiday plans this year, merry Christmas cheer is going to be more important to conjure up this holiday season than ever before. Glamour, "40 Best Funny Christmas Movies to Get You Through the Holiday Season," 1 Dec. 2020 Why not conjure those family members and friends by preparing their signature recipes? Joe Gray,, "Your complete Thanksgiving guide: From shopping to turkey to pies — and then leftovers," 19 Nov. 2020 Sea-foam tends to conjure up peaceful or playful images in our minds, but there could be some nightmarish dangers lurking underneath. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Snakes Might Be Lurking Under Massive Amounts of Sea-foam in Australia," 17 Dec. 2020 Choreographer Katherine Almaguer Rivera mixed salsa and urban moves with musical-theater tradition in exuberant numbers to conjure New York’s urban buzz and create the musical’s finest moments. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Theater Best of 2020: Choreography," 9 Dec. 2020 Also: Just ask, and David will still conjure wines to match. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "The 101: These L.A. takeout pop-ups are meeting the moment and forging a future," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Conjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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