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conjure Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    arouse; raise; invoke; conjure up; bring up; call down; call forth; evoke; put forward; stir.
    • raise the specter of unemployment
    • he conjured wild birds in the air
    • call down the spirits from the mountain
  2. verb ask for or request earnestly
    beseech; bid; entreat; press; adjure.
    • The prophet bid all people to become good persons
  3. verb engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
    complot; machinate; cabal; conspire.
    • They conspired to overthrow the government

Con*jure" transitive verb
F. conjurer, fr. L. conjurare to swear together, to conspire; con- + jurare to swear. See Jury.
imperfect & past participle Conjured ; present participle & verbal noun Conjuring
  1. To call on or summon by a sacred name or in solemn manner; to implore earnestly; to adjure.
    I conjure you, let him know, Whate'er was done against him, Cato did it. Addison.
Con*jure" intransitive verb
  1. To combine together by an eath; to conspire; to confederate. A Latinism
    Drew after him the third part of Heaven's sons Conjured against the Highest. Milton.
Con"jure transitive verb
  1. 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.
    The habitation which your prophet . . . conjured the devil into. Shak.
Con"jure intransitive verb
  1. To practice magical arts; to use the tricks of a conjurer; to juggle; to charm.
    She conjures; away with her. Shak.

Webster 1913