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[kon-jer, kuhn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kuh n-joo r for 6, 7, 11] /ˈkɒn dʒər, ˈkʌn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kənˈdʒʊər for 6, 7, 11/
verb (used with object), conjured, conjuring.
to affect or influence by or as if by invocation or spell.
to effect, produce, bring, etc., by or as by magic:
to conjure a miracle.
to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell.
to call or bring into existence by or as if by magic (usually followed by up):
She seemed to have conjured up the person she was talking about.
to bring to mind; recall (usually followed by up):
to conjure up the past.
to appeal to solemnly or earnestly:
I conjure you to hear my plea.
Obsolete. to charge solemnly.
verb (used without object), conjured, conjuring.
to call upon or command a devil or spirit by invocation or spell.
to practice magic.
to practice legerdemain.
Obsolete. to conspire.
Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft or voodoo, especially a spell.
Origin of conjure
1250-1300; Middle English conjuren < Anglo-French, Old French conjurer < Latin conjūrāre, equivalent to con- con- + jūrāre to swear, derivative of jūs law; cf. jury1, justice
Related forms
unconjured, adjective
3. summon, raise, invoke. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conjure
  • Shamans used music to call upon spirits, conjure ancestors, discover birthplaces and connect with natural surroundings.
  • The tobacco was chewed to relieve fatigue and to help conjure visions.
  • Today the whole country continues to conjure images of headhunters with bows and arrows, and bones through their noses.
  • But nerves, the observer effect, and pedagogic blunders can conspire to conjure up the wrong impression of your teaching skills.
  • Respect and reconciliation are not the words they conjure.
  • The writer who travels by boat need only conjure a storm, or describe his great relief that the weather is fine.
  • Anatomy of a scientific bag of tricks to conjure up the likeness of an unknown face.
  • Emergency responders conjure images of firefighters or police officers.
  • If you let your imagination go a bit, you can conjure a whole village at work.
  • Words which recreate or conjure the agents of the poet's vision are relevant because they uplift the quality of living.
British Dictionary definitions for conjure


(intransitive) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror
(intransitive) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
(transitive) (kənˈdʒʊə). to appeal earnestly or strongly to: I conjure you to help me
a name to conjure with
  1. a person thought to have great power or influence
  2. any name that excites the imagination
Word Origin
C13: from Old French conjurer to plot, from Latin conjūrāre to swear together, form a conspiracy, from jūrāre to swear
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Word Origin and History for conjure

late 13c., "command on oath," from Old French conjurer "invoke, conjure" (12c.), from Latin coniurare "to swear together; conspire," from com- "together" (see com-) + iurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)). Magical sense is c.1300, for "constraining by spell" a demon to do one's bidding. Related: Conjured; conjuring. Phrase conjure up "cause to appear in the mind" (as if by magic) attested from 1580s.

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