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 And although the camera’s attention to faces and gazes, coupled with an eerie soundtrack, conjures a vague mood of suspense and seduction, the plot fizzles out quickly without any real provocations. Devika Girish, New York Times, "‘Clementine’ Review: Lovers by the Lake," 7 May 2020 Hollywood, Florida, wasn’t so much founded as conjured. 1843, "Confederacy in the ’hood," 2 Apr. 2020 To combat the effects of the global pandemic, brands have been pushed to get creative, conjuring unique incentives to drum up sales and inspire new customers. Eliza Huber,, "Rachel Comey’s Cult Sample Sale Is Going Digital TODAY At Noon," 26 Mar. 2020 La 15 Y Salsas Restaurant Oaxaqueño Iridescent exterior paint job aside, Las 15 Y Salsas looks like any old neighborhood taco joint, conjuring visions of greasy gorditas and immolated carne asada. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The 10 best restaurants in north Phoenix," 24 Feb. 2020 But the production’s key asset — other than Hurley — is the shadow puppetry, which conjures a plane crash, glimpses of mysterious conspirators and more. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills," 18 Feb. 2020 Police and soldiers deployed to enforce the lockdown in poor South African communities have beaten and publicly humiliated those who resisted the orders, conjuring up painful echoes of apartheid-era lockdowns to violently quell black resistance. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘If you don’t work you don’t eat’: Where lockdowns have extra sting," 20 Apr. 2020 Researchers plot data points on a map and speculate connections between them, conjuring up likely nodes of infection and possible vectors of transmission. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "What we know about COVID-19," 20 Apr. 2020 This was five years before 9/11, and two decades before Trump conjured the image of immigrants as terrorists in his 2016 campaign. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Immigration Rule Is Cruel and Racist—But It’s Nothing New," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Conjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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