[ kon-jer, kuhn- for 1-5, 8-10, 12; kuhn-joor 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.

  1. to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell.

  2. 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.

  3. to bring to mind; recall (usually followed by up): to conjure up the past.

  4. to appeal to solemnly or earnestly: I conjure you to hear my plea.

  5. Obsolete. to charge solemnly.

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.

  1. to practice legerdemain.

  2. Obsolete. to conspire.

  1. Chiefly Southern U.S. an act or instance of witchcraft, Hoodoo, or Voodoo, especially a spell.

Origin of conjure

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English conj(o)uren, cunjouren, from Anglo-French, Old French conjurer, from Latin conjūrāre “to join in taking an oath, form an alliance, join a plot or conspiracy,” equivalent to con- prefix meaning “with, together” + jūrāre “to take an oath, swear,” derivative of jūr- inflectional stem of jūs “law”; cf. con-, jury1, justice

Other words for conjure

Other words from conjure

  • un·con·jured, adjective

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How to use conjure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conjure


/ (ˈkʌndʒə) /

  1. (intr) to practise conjuring or be a conjuror

  2. (intr) to call upon supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations

  1. (kənˈdʒʊə) (tr) to appeal earnestly or strongly to: I conjure you to help me

  2. a name to conjure with

    • a person thought to have great power or influence

    • any name that excites the imagination

Origin of conjure

C13: from Old French conjurer to plot, from Latin conjūrāre to swear together, form a conspiracy, from jūrāre to swear

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