conjure

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verb con·jure \vt 2 & vi senses ˈkän-jər also ˈkən-; vt 1 kən-ˈju̇r\

Definition of conjure

conjured

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conjuring

play \ˈkänj-riŋ, ˈkän-jə-, ˈkənj-, ˈkən-jə-; kən-ˈju̇r-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to charge or entreat earnestly or solemnly “I conjure you … to weigh my case well … ” — Sheridan Le Fanu

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  to summon a devil or spirit by invocation or incantationb :  to practice magical arts … prayed and conjured, but all was useless … Herman Melville

  6. 2 :  to use a conjurer's tricks :  juggle

conjure with

  1. chiefly British :  to treat or regard as important Victor Hugo is a name to conjure with … — Peter France

Examples of conjure in a sentence

  1. a magician who conjures live doves from silk scarves

  2. The students conjured a clever scheme to raise the money they needed.

Origin and Etymology of conjure

Middle English, from Anglo-French conjurer, from Latin conjurare to join in taking an oath, from com- + jurare to swear — more at jury


First Known Use: 13th century



CONJURE Defined for English Language Learners

conjure

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verb con·jure \vt 2 & vi senses ˈkän-jər also ˈkən-; vt 1 kən-ˈju̇r\

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

conjure

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verb con·jure \ˈkän-jər, ˈkən-jər\

Definition of conjure for Students

conjured

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conjuring

  1. 1 :  to practice magical arts

  2. 2 :  imagine 1 conjure up an image

  3. 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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