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.

Primary Meanings of conjure

1.
v
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
2.
v
ask for or request earnestly
3.
v
engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
Full Definitions of conjure
1

v 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
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

v ask for or request earnestly

Synonyms:
adjure, beseech, bid, entreat, press
Type of:
plead
appeal or request earnestly
3

v engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together

Synonyms:
cabal, complot, conspire, machinate
Types:
coconspire
conspire together
Type of:
plot
plan secretly, usually something illegal

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