- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for conjure
Bethea is trying to conjure why all the senseless killing of both his family member and the cops as well.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
Movie Gale fails to conjure emotions more complicated than “oooh, what pretty eyes he has.”Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
Our bad guy is Weather Wizard (not a joke), who not only looks like Kurt Cobain but can use his palms to conjure angry storms.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie
October 7, 2014
Performing with Weird Al was as much as a dream come true as I think I could conjure.Imagine Andy Samberg as Your Best Man
September 29, 2014
She seems, in every sense that the phrase can conjure, out of time.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
I conjure you by that which you profess, (how'er you come to know it,) answer me to what I ask you.
It's a curious double picture, if one could but conjure it up.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Each possessed a name with which to conjure in the world of science.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
I conjure you, let me keep my confession of faith to myself!
I conjure you, by the angel that is in you, during that time come no more to my sight!
- (intr) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror
- (intr) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
- (kənˈdʒʊə) (tr) to appeal earnestly or strongly toI conjure you to help me
- a name to conjure with
- a person thought to have great power or influence
- any name that excites the imagination
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.