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vanquish

verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

: to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.

Full Definition of VANQUISH

transitive verb
1
:  to overcome in battle :  subdue completely
2
:  to defeat in a conflict or contest
3
:  to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) <vanquish your fear>
van·quish·able \-kwi-shə-bəl\ adjective
van·quish·er noun

Examples of VANQUISH

  1. They were vanquished in battle.
  2. <vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe>

Origin of VANQUISH

Middle English venquishen, from Anglo-French venquis-, preterit stem of veintre to conquer, from Latin vincere — more at victor
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VANQUISH

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of <Caesar conquered Gaul>. vanquish implies a complete overpowering <vanquished the enemy and ended the war>. defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals <the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas>. subdue implies a defeating and suppression <subdued the native tribes after years of fighting>. reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender <the city was reduced after a month-long siege>. overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle <overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks>. overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power <violently overthrew the old regime>.
VANQUISH Defined for Kids

vanquish

verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish\
van·quishedvan·quish·ing

Definition of VANQUISH for Kids

:  overcome 1

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