conjure

verb
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 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 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 At the center is Netanyahu, a campaign magician who managed to conjure the unprecedented second vote after falling one Knesset seat short of forming a government after April’s election. Washington Post, "Israelis head to the polls with one question in mind: Should Netanyahu stay or go?," 18 Sep. 2019 To recognize a scent is to conjure a memory, often with an accompanying emotion: Your partner's perfume has the power to lift you out of a bad mood, but catching a whiff of a former flame's scent may feel like a punch to the gut. Allure, "These Are the Best Fragrances of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 Norman Rockwell’s name has become an adjective applied to conjure a certain idealistic, nostalgic view of life gone by in America. BostonGlobe.com, "Norman Rockwell Museum," 14 Sep. 2019 Her famous speech, amped up and made more searing by Posner, is a career-defining vehicle for Perrotta, who uses the words to conjure an unbreakable spell, holding Trigorin rapt. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Dobama Theatre opens 60th season with ‘Stupid (Bleeping) Bird,’ a meta fine sendup of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’," 13 Sep. 2019 On the surface, a Pittman painting might seem to conjure effete mannerism. Los Angeles Times, "Love, sex, death and the language of painting: Lari Pittman on his Hammer retrospective," 13 Sep. 2019 Until recently such fakery had required hundreds of images to conjure a convincing clip. The Economist, "Chinese netizens get privacy-conscious," 7 Sep. 2019 Harbaugh said, sensibly, that requiring justification could cause players who simply want to change schools to conjure up fake reasons for leaving one place for another. Barry Svluga, courant.com, "NCAA transfer rules are pointless. And also randomly enforced. Ask Brock Hoffman.," 30 Aug. 2019 Since then, humans have continued to conjure up hundreds of ways to improve the flavor of food. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Grilling Guide," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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conjure

verb
How to pronounce conjure (audio) How to pronounce conjure (audio) How to pronounce conjure (audio)

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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