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



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.
    • Addison
      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.
    • Milton
      Drew after him the third part of Heaven's sons / Conjured against the Highest.



conjure (uncountable)

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

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  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.