Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.
  • transitive v. To influence or effect by or as if by magic: tried to conjure away the doubts that beset her.
  • transitive v. To call or bring to mind; evoke: "Arizona conjures up an image of stark deserts for most Americans” ( American Demographics).
  • transitive v. To imagine; picture: "a sight to store away, then conjure up someday when they were no longer together” ( Nelson DeMille).
  • transitive v. Archaic To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
  • intransitive v. To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
  • intransitive v. To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.
  • intransitive v. To practice black magic.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See hoodoo.
  • adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Of or practicing folk magic: a conjure woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform magic tricks.
  • v. To summon up using supernatural power, as a devil
  • v. To practice black magic.
  • v. To evoke.
  • v. To imagine or picture in the mind.
  • v. To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.
  • v. To conspire or plot.
  • n. A practice of magic; hoodoo; conjuration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To combine together by an oath; to conspire; to confederate.
  • intransitive v. To practice magical arts; to use the tricks of a conjurer; to juggle; to charm.
  • transitive v. To call on or summon by a sacred name or in solemn manner; to implore earnestly; to adjure.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • (kon-jör′ ). To swear together; band together under oath; conspire; plot.
  • (kun′ jėr). To practise the arts of a conjurer; use arts to engage, or as if to engage, the aid of supernatural agents or elements in performing some extraordinary act.
  • (kon-jör′ ). To call on or summon by a sacred name or in a solemn manner; implore with solemnity; adjure; solemnly entreat.
  • (kun′ jėr). To affect or effect by magic or enchantment; procure or bring about by practising the arts of a conjurer.
  • (kun′ jėr). To call or raise up or bring into existence by conjuring, or as if by conjuring: with up: as, to conjure up a phantom.
  • Synonyms See list under adjure.
  • To charm, enchant.
  • To exorcise or ‘lay’; quiet; allay.
  • n. Conjuration; enchantment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  • v. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
  • v. ask for or request earnestly

Etymologies

Middle English conjuren, from Old French conjurer, to use a spell, from Late Latin coniūrāre, to pray by something holy, from Latin, to swear together : com-, com- + iūrāre, to swear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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