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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The Wild Bunch conjures a chilling landscape in which there is neither goodness nor mercy. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Wild Bunch and American Disillusionment," 20 June 2019 Scary health misinformation from a website notorious for conjuring falsehoods can be particularly difficult to contain. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio officials, news media fight fear with facts," 14 June 2019 Just glancing at a map of the transit system conjures a diagram of neurons in the human brain. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 For her, the park conjures a bridge to childhood, when grinning dinosaurs standing in the woods were enough to spark an afternoon of simple fun. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "LAND OF THE LOST Irish Hills tourist stop owner aims to restore dinosaur park," 6 June 2019 Much like Darjeeling Tea or champagne, cannabis from Manali, Malana, Manikaran and Idukki are names to conjure with, globally. Devangshu Datta, Quartz India, "Legalising cannabis could be one solution to India’s agrarian distress," 30 May 2019 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

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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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