What does conjure mean?

Definitions for conjure
ˈkɒn dʒər, ˈkʌn- for 1–5, 8–10, 12 ; kənˈdʒʊər for 6, 7, 11con·jure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, stir, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forthverb

    summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic

    "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"

  2. bid, beseech, entreat, adjure, press, conjureverb

    ask for or request earnestly

    "The prophet bid all people to become good persons"

  3. conspire, cabal, complot, conjure, machinateverb

    engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together

    "They conspired to overthrow the government"


  1. conjurenoun

    A practice of magic; hoodoo; conjuration.

  2. conjureverb

    To perform magic tricks.

  3. conjureverb

    To summon up using supernatural power, as a devil

  4. conjureverb

    To practice black magic.

  5. conjureverb

    To evoke.

  6. conjureverb

    To imagine or picture in the mind.

  7. conjureverb

    To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.

  8. conjureverb

    To conspire or plot.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONJUREverb

    Etymology: conjuro, Latin.

    He concluded with sighs and tears to conjure them, that they would no more press him to consent to a thing so contrary to his reason. Edward Hyde.

    The church may address her sons in the form St. Paul does the Philippians, when he conjures them to unity. Dec. of Piety.

    I conjure you! Let him know,
    Whate’er was done against him, Cato did it. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    He in proud rebellious arms
    Drew after him the third part of heav’n’s sons,
    Conjur’d against the highest. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    What black magician conjures up this fiend,
    To stop devoted charitable deeds? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    What is he whose griefs
    Bear such an emphasis? whose phrase of sorrow
    Conjures the wand’ring stars, and makes them stand
    Like wonder-wounded hearers? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I thought their own fears, whose black arts first raised up those turbulent spirits, would force them to conjure them down again. Charles I .

    You have conjured up persons that exist no where else but on old coins, and have made our passions and virtues visible. Joseph Addison, on Ancient Medals.

  2. To Conjureverb

    To practise charms or enchantments; to enchant.

    My invocation is honest and fair; and in his mistress’s name I conjure only but to raise up him. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    Out of my door, you witch! you hag, you baggage, you poulcat, you runaway! Out, out, out; I’ll conjure you, I’ll fortunetell you. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.


  1. conjure

    To conjure means to call upon or summon something, especially by using magic, spells, or supernatural means. It can also mean to bring about or create something as if by magic, or to evoke or call to mind an image, feeling, or idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conjureverb

    to call on or summon by a sacred name or in solemn manner; to implore earnestly; to adjure

  2. Conjureverb

    to combine together by an oath; to conspire; to confederate

  3. Conjureverb

    to affect or effect by conjuration; to call forth or send away by magic arts; to excite or alter, as if by magic or by the aid of supernatural powers

  4. Conjureverb

    to practice magical arts; to use the tricks of a conjurer; to juggle; to charm

  5. Etymology: [F. conjurer, fr. L. conjurare to swear together, to conspire; con- + jurare to swear. See Jury.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conjure

    kun′jėr and kon-jōōr′ (con′jure, generally of the art of legerdemain, &c.; conjure′, of actions treated as religious or solemn), v.i. to practise magical arts: to make an invocation: (obs.) to conspire.—v.t. to call on or summon by a sacred name or in a solemn manner: to implore earnestly: to compel (a spirit) by incantations: to enchant: to raise up or frame needlessly; to effect by jugglery:—pr.p. con′juring; pa.p. con′jured.—ns. Conjurā′tion, act of summoning by a sacred name or solemnly: enchantment; Con′jurātor, a conspirator; Conjure′ment, adjuration; Con′jurer, -or, one who practises magic: an enchanter: (kon-jōō′ror) one bound by oath with others; Con′juring, magic-working: the production of effects apparently miraculous by natural means; Con′jury, magic. [Fr.,—L. con, together, and jurāre, to swear.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conjure in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conjure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of conjure in a Sentence

  1. Roger Stone:

    It is not inconceivable now that Mr. Robert Mueller and Robert Mueller team may seek to conjure up some extraneous crime, pertaining to my business, or maybe not even pertaining to the 2016 election.

  2. Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary":

    Human speech is a cracked cauldron on which we knock out tunes for dancing bears, when we wish to conjure pity from the stars.

  3. Kenny Loggins:

    I did re-record' Danger Zone' to make a 5.0 version that would wrap around the audience, but Tom Cruise really wanted to conjure up the original version, the original feeling. So in the long run, it turned out to be the old track coming back.

  4. Alexis Rodrguez-Duarte:

    They have a wonderful collaborative relationship that creates beautiful photographs, they work at the intersection of fashion and portraiture and conjure a special mix of artifice…Through this collection people will see the range of contributions Cuban-Americans have made to this society.

  5. Anthon St Maarten:

    Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass - to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.

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  • умолявам, призовавам, апелирам, въобразявам сиBulgarian
  • vykouzlitCzech
  • bitten, heraufbeschwören, zaubern, herbeirufen, hervorrufen, sich einbildenGerman
  • conjurarSpanish
  • जादू करनाHindi
  • kérHungarian
  • evoco, accio, invocoLatin
  • een dringend verzoek indienen, ontbieden, zich inbeelden, zwarte magie beoefenen, goochelen, oproepenDutch
  • trylleNorwegian
  • conjurar, invocar, evocar, convocarPortuguese
  • показывать, духи, представлять, колдовать, фокус, призывать, заниматься, вызывать, умолять, магия, воображатьRussian
  • تصوّر میں لاناUrdu
  • 变戏法Chinese

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