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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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  • He cast himself at the feet of that holy abbot, conjuring him with many tears to receive him among his disciples.
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  • So, you may end up conjuring up a phantom and may be mistaking it for a real thing.
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British Dictionary definitions for conjuring

conjuring

/ˈkʌndʒərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the performance of tricks that appear to defy natural laws
adjective
2.
denoting or relating to such tricks or entertainment

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 conjuring

conjure

v.

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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