An example of to conjure is a group around a table trying to call a spirit from another world.
intransitive verb-·jured, -·jur·ing
- Obs. to be sworn in a conspiracy
- to summon a demon or spirit as by a magic spell
- to practice magic or legerdemain
Origin of conjureMiddle English conjuren from Old French conjurer from Classical Latin conjurare, to swear together, conspire from com-, together + jurare, to swear: see jury
- to call upon or entreat solemnly, esp. by some oath
- to summon (a demon or spirit) as by a magic spell
- to bring about by conjuration
- to cause to be or appear as by magic or legerdemain
- to call to mind: the music conjured up memories
verbcon·jured, con·jur·ing, con·jures
- a. To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.b. To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
- a. To call or bring to mind; evoke: “Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans” ( American Demographics )b. To imagine; picture: “a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together” ( Nelson DeMille )
- Archaic To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
- To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
- a. To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.b. To practice black magic.
nounChiefly Southern US
adjectiveChiefly Southern US
Origin of conjureMiddle English conjuren from Old French conjurer to use a spell from Late Latin coniūrāre to pray by something holy from Latin to swear together com- com- iūrāre to swear ; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present conjures, present participle conjuring, simple past and past participle conjured)