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 popular imagination conjured life on the moon and other planets, the conquest of the solar system launching a new age of exploration. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century," 16 July 2019 Santa Fe might conjure up images of Pueblo Revival architecture and authentic vigas, but there is also a thriving contemporary scene. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Art-filled contemporary in Santa Fe asks $4M," 12 July 2019 In the spirit of Bourdain’s no-holds-barred culinary-lit classic, Kwame Onwuachi and co-author Joshua David Stein unspool the chef’s life story with the same mix of brutal honesty, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and atmosphere-conjuring prose. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "7 amazing, mouth-watering new food memoirs for summer reading (and cookout inspiration)," 11 July 2019 The boredom was conjured by giving participants a bowl of mixed beans (red and green) and asking them to separate the beans into two groups by color. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 Instantly, conjuring up images of the perfect picnic, gingham is a print that never loses it’s appeal and comes in countless new and refreshed styles. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "It's The Season of Gingham, These Are The Pieces You Need," 25 June 2019 Her signature repetition conjures a sense of stiflement. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Fleishman Is in Trouble” Turns the Marriage Novel Inside-Out," 27 June 2019 Mark Mendelson’s rotating set impressively conjures the movie’s many locations with spare but effective details. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Big’ in Berkeley shows not every movie should be a musical," 24 June 2019 The very term cryptocurrency conjures up images of shady transactions by criminals seeking anonymity. Alan Murray, Fortune, "A Bang Up Week for Ripple: CEO Daily," 21 June 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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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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