conjure

See also: conjuré

EnglishEdit

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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VerbEdit

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.
    Synonyms: envisage, imagine, picture, visualize
  7. (transitive, archaic) To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 4, scene 2]:
      I conjure you, let him know, / Whate'er was done against him, Cato did it.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      Stammering out something, I knew not what, I rolled away from him against the wall, and then conjured him, whoever or whatever he might be, to keep quiet, and let me get up and light the lamp again.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To conspire or plot.

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NounEdit

conjure (uncountable)

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

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FrenchEdit

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conjure

  1. first-person singular present indicative of conjurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of conjurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of conjurer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of conjurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of conjurer

Middle EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

conjure

  1. Alternative form of conjuren

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

conjure

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of conjurar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of conjurar
  3. third-person singular imperative of conjurar

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

conjure

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of conjurar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of conjurar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of conjurar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of conjurar.