Definition of conjure in English:

conjure

Syllabification: con·jure

verb

1 /ˈkänjər/ [with object] Make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic: Anne conjured up a most delicious homemade stew
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  • Each face is conjured from eloquent pencil lines and blurs of paint against a virginal white swath of satin, hung vertically like an iconic banner.
  • Although I broke the law, a mountain was conjured up from a molehill.
  • And is Canada at risk of not getting any of the great new products being conjured up in the US labs?
Synonyms
produce, make appear, materialize, summon
1.1Call (an image) to mind: she had forgotten how to conjure up the image of her mother’s face
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  • This is just a figment of the imagination of weak minds that conjure up images to provide solace when they cannot handle reality, she continued.
  • When his mind chose to conjure up images, it presented every possible situation he could ever hate.
  • Now mention a trip to Cyprus to a young footballer and immediately certain images are conjured in their minds.
Synonyms
bring to mind, call to mind, evoke, summon up, recall, recreate;
echo, allude to, suggest, awaken
1.2(Of a word, sound, smell, etc.) cause someone to feel or think of (something): one scent can conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake
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  • The very word conjures a mental menagerie of grotesque caricatures.
  • Most would agree that in the English-speaking world, this word conjures disgust and contempt.
  • Instead, the words conjure up unpleasant memories of mom's experimental eggplant lasagna and certain rubber-like meat substitutes.
1.3Call upon (a spirit or ghost) to appear, by means of a magic ritual: they hoped to conjure up the spirit of their dead friend
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  • Nowadays you might expect to hear of ‘animal spirits’ in shamanic ritual, conjuring the spirit of the bear.
  • As Osa dancers perform a stick dance meant to conjure up the spirits of their ancestors, organizers say the festive season is not a denouncement of Western Christian values.
  • Using 200-year-old legislation, he was convicted of pretending to conjure up spirits.
2 /kənˈjo͝or/ [with object] archaic Implore (someone) to do something.
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  • By the ministry of a faithful eunuch she transmitted to him a ring, the pledge of her affection, and earnestly conjured him to claim her as a lawful spouse to whom he had been secretly betrothed.
  • She is conjured into being by Myrtle herself, by sympathetic magic, but once in the dramatic arena cannot be easily controlled or quelled; her spirit magic wreaks havoc.
  • The audience gets a first-person view of a victim in the throes of death, with a full-screen view of her fading face as she conjures the victim to ‘stay with me.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense 'oblige by oath'): from Old French conjurer 'to plot or exorcize', from Latin conjurare 'band together by an oath, conspire' (in medieval Latin 'invoke'), from con- 'together' + jurare 'swear'.

Phrases

a name to conjure with

The name of an important person within a particular sphere of activity: on the merger scene his is a name to conjure with
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  • I used to live there for four years and when I moved to Brighton last year couldn't bring myself to sever all ties with the place - not only has it a name to conjure with, but its a lovely area too.
  • No matter how many super-yachts tie up in its old port, or how many visitors swarm through its narrow streets and along its cafe-crowded quays, St Tropez is still a name to conjure with.
  • It had, of course, always been a name to conjure with.

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