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conjure

[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.
1.
to affect or influence by or as if by invocation or spell.
2.
to effect, produce, bring, etc., by or as by magic:
to conjure a miracle.
3.
to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell.
4.
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.
5.
to bring to mind; recall (usually followed by up):
to conjure up the past.
6.
to appeal to solemnly or earnestly:
I conjure you to hear my plea.
7.
Obsolete. to charge solemnly.
verb (used without object), conjured, conjuring.
8.
to call upon or command a devil or spirit by invocation or spell.
9.
to practice magic.
10.
to practice legerdemain.
11.
Obsolete. to conspire.
noun
12.
Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft or voodoo, especially a spell.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
3. summon, raise, invoke.
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British Dictionary definitions for conjure up

conjure up

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to present to the mind; evoke or imagine he conjured up a picture of his childhood
2.
to call up or command (a spirit or devil) by an incantation

conjure

/ˈkʌndʒə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror
2.
(intransitive) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
3.
(transitive) (kənˈdʒʊə). to appeal earnestly or strongly to I conjure you to help me
4.
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 up
conjure
c.1280, from O.Fr. conjurer, from L. conjurare "to swear together, conspire," from com- "together" + jurare "to swear." Magical sense is c.1300, for "constraining by spell" a demon to do one's bidding.
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