conjure

If your mom can magically conjure up the most delicious meals from the most random ingredients in the kitchen, she might just be the best cook in the neighborhood.

Sometimes the mere sight or smell of something can conjure or stir up long lost memories, magically transporting you back to another place and time. But in the early 13th century, conjure was a bit more sinister — it meant using a spell to capture a demon to do one's bidding. In our modern day, conjure still carries the meaning of summoning a spirit, but it more regularly means to summon an idea or bring something into existence.

Definitions of conjure
  1. verb
    summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    “he conjured wild birds in the air”
    synonyms: arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir
    call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
    evoke or provoke to appear or occur
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    types:
    anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict
    wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
    bless
    give a benediction to
    anele, anoint, embrocate, inunct, oil
    administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
    type of:
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  2. verb
    ask for or request earnestly
    synonyms: adjure, beseech, bid, entreat, press
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    type of:
    plead
    appeal or request earnestly
  3. verb
    engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
    synonyms: cabal, complot, conspire, machinate
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    types:
    coconspire
    conspire together
    type of:
    plot
    plan secretly, usually something illegal
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