verb (used with object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
verb (used without object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
Origin of conjure
British Dictionary definitions for conjure up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for conjure up (2 of 2)
- a person thought to have great power or influence
- any name that excites the imagination
Word Origin for conjure
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.