conjure[kun′jər, kän′-; for vi.1 & vt.1 kən jo̵or′]
- To conjure is defined as to call a spirit or to practice magic.
An example of to conjure is a group around a table trying to call a spirit from another world.
intransitive verbconjured, conjuring
- Obsolete to be sworn in a conspiracy
- in primitive or superstitious rites, 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
- in primitive or superstitious rites, 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)