conjure
Pronunciation
  • Senses relating to magic tricks and imagination:
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈkʌnd͡ʒə(ɹ)/, /ˈkɒnd͡ʒə(ɹ)/
    • (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑnd͡ʒəɹ/
  • Senses relating to religious or solemn actions:
    • (RP) IPA: /kənˈd͡ʒʊə(ɹ)/
Verb

conjure (conjures, present participle conjuring; past and past participle conjured)

  1. (intransitive) To perform magic tricks.
    He started conjuring at the age of 15, and is now a famous stage magician.
  2. (transitive) To summon (a devil, etc.) using supernatural power.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To practice black magic.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To enchant or bewitch.
  5. (transitive) To evoke.
  6. (transitive) To imagine or picture in the mind.
    Synonyms: envisage, imagine, picture, visualize
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
Translations
  • German: zaubern
  • Russian: пока́зывать
Translations Translations
  • Russian: колдова́ть
Translations Translations
  • German: sich einbilden
  • Russian: представля́ть
Translations Noun

conjure (uncountable)

  1. (African American Vernacular English) The practice of magic; hoodoo; conjuration.
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