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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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  • With an intense egoisme, such as mine, I should conjure up an Edgerton in the deepest valleys of our country.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • I try in vain to conjure up a panoramic view of the neighborhood.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • And why should Aubrey conjure up an array of imaginary obstacles, arising out of a diseased delicacy?

  • It appears as if by spoken utterance we conjure up the danger.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • You and I can conjure up women far more charming than we ever met on brick or carpet.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
British Dictionary definitions for conjure up

conjure up

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


(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 up



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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