Definition of conjure
conjuringplay \ˈkänj-riŋ, ˈkän-jə-, ˈkənj-, ˈkən-jə-; kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ\
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 incantationb (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
1a : to summon a devil or spirit by invocation or incantationb : to practice magical arts … prayed and conjured, but all was useless … Herman Melville
2 : to use a conjurer's tricks : juggle
chiefly British : to treat or regard as important Victor Hugo is a name to conjure with … — Peter France
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 of conjure from the Web
Memorial Day has the tendency to conjure up old arguments about the Civil War.
The island of Capri off the end of the Sorrento peninsula south of Naples conjures images of the perfect Mediterranean idyll, of plunging sea views, picturesque piazzas and spilling bougainvilleas.
For them, Rome conjured the Grande Bellezza, the Eternal City, La Dolce Vita and other close-tab clichés.
Filming cityscapes and intimate gestures with avid attention, adorning the dialogue with deep confessions and witty asides, Piñeiro conjures a cogently realistic yet gloriously imaginative vision of youthful ardor in love and art alike.
Sliding barn doors may conjure images of rustic design, but the feature can work in a modern residence to save space and provide privacy.
And conjuring up this bae jail that imprisons potential future peen from anyone else just adds another complicated layer of jealousy to a friendship.
Quite frequently during individual events, an unabashed competitor will clap his or her hands slowly, rhythmically and then be joined by the crowd in hopes the support will conjure adrenaline.
For most, talk of the stuff conjures vague images of mustachioed Germans wearing tweeds and toting pocket watches, taking toots from a wooden snuff box after a hearty dinner of Weisswurst in some candlelit Munich den a century ago.
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CONJURE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of conjure for Students
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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