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 "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

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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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There’s also the intimidation factor—the name alone can conjure up bad bootcamp class experiences or memories from grade school fitness tests. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This Exercise Tool Can Help You Finally Master Push-ups," 5 Feb. 2019 In this one, Cole performed at something close to full cry, conjuring more vocal tone and keyboard support than elsewhere in the evening. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Freddy Cole brings back the old magic at Jazz Showcase," 11 May 2018 But his true gifts show in a sequence that conjures up thalassophobia, the fear of deep water. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 Leather, velvet, and linen pillows, a selection of blankets, and a roaring fire create a setting that instantly conjures the Danish concept of hygge. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 On a sensorial note, there's something about that banana smell that conjures notions of warm weather and childhood comforts. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Banana Is Officially Having a Moment in Skin Care," 3 Aug. 2018 But there is a special place in hell for the economic advisers that conjured up this trade war. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018 Any threat of violence that conjures up a visual of violence is more dangerous than just having different political views. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Political debate has become political abuse," 24 June 2018 The purple paint is accented with fluorescent lines and circles that conjure up imagery from the original Summer of Love in 1967. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's new outdoor street piano is ready to be played," 7 June 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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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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