- Senses relating to magic tricks and imagination:
- Senses relating to religious or solemn actions:
conjure (conjures, present participle conjuring; past and past participle conjured)
- (intransitive) To perform magic tricks.
- He started conjuring at the age of 15, and is now a famous stage magician.
- (transitive) To summon (a devil, etc.) using supernatural power.
- (intransitive, archaic) To practice black magic.
- (transitive, archaic) To enchant or bewitch.
- (transitive) To evoke.
- (transitive) To imagine or picture in the mind.
- Synonyms: envisage, imagine, picture, visualize
- (transitive, archaic) To make an urgent request to; to appeal to or beseech.
- 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 4, scene 2]:
- I conjure you, let him know, / Whate'er was done against him, Cato did it.
- 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
- Stammering out something, I knew not what, I rolled away from him against the wall, and then conjured him, whoever or whatever he might be, to keep quiet, and let me get up and light the lamp again.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To conspire or plot.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Drew after him the third part of Heaven's sons / Conjured against the Highest.
- German: zaubern
- Russian: пока́зывать
- Russian: колдова́ть
- German: sich einbilden
- Russian: представля́ть
conjure (uncountable)Related terms