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 conjure (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the steady revelations about the train conjure the serial enigmas of Lost or Battlestar Galactica. Darren Franich,, "Infinity Train is your next great discovery: Review," 16 Apr. 2021 Even as our relationships to makeup and hair care have shifted over the past year, fragrance has remained a reliable way to transcend our homes, conjure closeness to faraway relatives, and find elevation in a string of mundane days. Michella Oré, Vogue, "What Exactly Is a Scent Profile? Here’s How to Choose Your Next Signature Fragrance," 16 Apr. 2021 The eight pieces here incorporate materials that conjure land and the body. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Emerging artists get a springtime showcase at Hair & Nails Gallery in Mpls.," 8 Apr. 2021 Once or twice a decade, the industry attempts to conjure his flamboyant, chaotic personality onscreen, with results that have ranged from the marginally plausible to the ludicrous. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "How “Mank” Distorts Orson Welles," 2 Apr. 2021 Out-of-state visitors tend to appreciate the signs as works of art, while locals often share specific memories that the advertisements conjure up. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, "Vintage sign museum in Tucson electrifies Arizona's neon past," 1 Apr. 2021 The game’s sketchbook aesthetic works favorably to conjure the impression of a Northern European folk tale and offset its rough-around-the-edges character. Washington Post, "‘Mundaun’ offers the rare chance to smoke a pipe while talking to the severed head of a goat," 26 Mar. 2021 An American in Paris incorporates four quacking taxi horns that conjure up the urban soundscape of the French capital. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Spirited Gershwin from the Dallas Symphony and guest conductor Andrew Grams," 20 Mar. 2021 Asle is a Catholic convert and, in Damion Searls’s liquid translation, his thoughts are rendered in long run-on sentences whose metronomic cadences conjure the intake and outtake of breath, or the reflexive motions of fingers telling a rosary. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: ‘An I-Novel’ Review," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Conjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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)


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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