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conjure

[kon-jer, kuhn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12; kuh n-joo r for 6, 7, 11]
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verb (used with object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
  1. to call upon or command a devil or spirit by invocation or spell.
  2. to practice magic.
  3. to practice legerdemain.
  4. Obsolete. to conspire.
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noun
  1. Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft or voodoo, especially a spell.
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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 formsun·con·jured, adjective

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3. summon, raise, invoke.
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conjure

verb
  1. (intr) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror
  2. (intr) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
  3. (kənˈdʒʊə) (tr) to appeal earnestly or strongly toI 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
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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

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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