[ kon-jer, kuhn- for 1-5, 8-10, 12; kuhn-joor for 6, 7, 11 ]
/ ˈkɒn dʒər, ˈkʌn- for 1-5, 8-10, 12; kənˈdʒʊər for 6, 7, 11 /
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verb (used with object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.

verb (used without object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.


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



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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


un·con·jured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conjure

/ (ˈkʌndʒə) /


(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
  1. a person thought to have great power or influence
  2. any name that excites the imagination

Word Origin for 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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