Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.
  • intransitive verb To influence or effect by or as if by magic.
  • intransitive verb To call or bring to mind; evoke.
  • intransitive verb To imagine; picture.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To call on or entreat solemnly, especially by an oath.
  • intransitive verb To perform magic tricks, especially by sleight of hand.
  • intransitive verb To summon a devil by magic or supernatural power.
  • intransitive verb To practice black magic.
  • adjective Of or practicing folk magic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • (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.
  • noun Conjuration; enchantment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To call on or summon by a sacred name or in solemn manner; to implore earnestly; to adjure.
  • intransitive verb To practice magical arts; to use the tricks of a conjurer; to juggle; to charm.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb or make visible, as a spirit, by magic arts; hence, to invent.
  • intransitive verb A Latinism To combine together by an oath; to conspire; to confederate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To perform magic tricks.
  • verb transitive To summon up using supernatural power, as a devil
  • verb intransitive To practice black magic.
  • verb transitive To evoke.
  • verb transitive To imagine or picture in the mind.
  • verb transitive To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To conspire or plot.
  • noun African American Vernacular A practice of magic; hoodoo; conjuration.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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