conjure

See also: conjuré

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English conjuren, from Old French conjurer, from Latin coniūrō (I swear together; conspire), from con- (with, together) + iūro (I swear or take an oath).

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conjure (third-person singular simple present conjures, present participle conjuring, simple past and past participle conjured)

  1. (intransitive) To perform magic tricks.
    He started conjuring at the age of 15, and is now a famous stage magician.
  2. (transitive) To summon (a devil, etc.) using supernatural power.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To practice black magic.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To enchant or bewitch.
  5. (transitive) To evoke. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  6. (transitive) To imagine or picture in the mind.
    • 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter V, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], published 1842, OCLC 1000392275, page 51:
      There was a deep silence, while Helen's vivid fancy conjured up the scene. She knew the small neat room—she had been with Mrs. Palmer to see it; the cheerful garden filled with flowers, the hum of the distant play-ground, the rosy clusters of an acacia-tree, whose branches almost came in at the window;...
    Synonyms: envisage, imagine, picture, visualize
  7. (transitive, archaic) To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To conspire or plot.

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conjure (uncountable)

  1. (African-American Vernacular) The practice of magic; hoodoo; conjuration.

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conjure

  1. inflection of conjurer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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conjure

  1. Alternative form of conjuren

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conjure

  1. inflection of conjurar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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conjure

  1. inflection of conjurar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative