Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: conjurer, from Latin, from com- ( COM-) + jurare 'to swear'


1 [intransitive and transitive]APROM to perform clever tricks in which you seem to make things appear, disappear, or change by magic:
The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
2 [transitive] to make something appear or happen in a way which is not expected:
He has conjured victories from worse situations than this.

a name to conjure with

the name of a very important person

conjure something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to bring a thought, picture, idea, or memory to someone's mind
conjure up images/pictures/thoughts etc (of something)
Dieting always seems to conjure up images of endless salads.
2 to make something appear when it is not expected, as if by magic:
Somehow we have to conjure up another $10,000.
3ROM to make the soul of a dead person appear by saying special magic words

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