conquer

verb
con·​quer | \ ˈkäŋ-kər \
conquered; conquering\ ˈkäŋ-​k(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of conquer

transitive verb

1 : to gain or acquire by force of arms : subjugate conquer territory
2 : to overcome by force of arms : vanquish conquered the enemy
3 : to gain mastery over or win by overcoming obstacles or opposition conquered the mountain
4 : to overcome by mental or moral power : surmount conquered her fear

intransitive verb

: to be victorious

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Other Words from conquer

conqueror \ ˈkäŋ-​kər-​ər \ noun

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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

Examples of conquer in a Sentence

And my girlfriends are really strong, feminine women—yet we can all be girls together. Some days we just have to go out and shop, get a massage …  . The next day we want to conquer the world and start our own company. — Sandra Bullock, quoted in Playboy, September 1995 After her initial passionate prayer of thanks for the strength to conquer her vast disappointment, she stayed on her knees, the hassock comfortable … — James Clavell, Gai-Jin, (1993) 1994 It used to be that men "conquered" mountains in a cacophony of gratuitous chest-thumping. — Tim Cahill, New York Times Book Review, 10 June 1990 But however vile the movie, the sentiments it embodies are (as they say) American as apple pie: the west was something to be conquered and claimed. — Margaret Atwood, Survival, 1972 The city was conquered by the ancient Romans. They conquered all their enemies. He finally conquered his drug habit. Scientists believe the disease can be conquered.
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Hail to the victors valiant Hail to the conquering heroes Hail! Hail! Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The music of the Madrid native singer is influenced by the Latin rhythms more oriented for the nightclubs, but has also conquered digital platforms, gaining millions of streams. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Meet This Week's Latin Artist on the Rise: The Spanish Urban Singer C. Tangana," 5 July 2018 The Hippies Were Right After All Universal/Everett Collection Squares like Nixon and Trump might’ve conquered politically, sure. Devin Friedman, GQ, "The Hippies Were Right After All," 14 June 2018 One of the greatest hitters to ever play the game, Ichiro Suzuki has conquered the world since his professional debut in Japan at the age of 18. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "5 most memorable moments of Ichiro Suzuki's MLB career," 3 May 2018 Another message during the service was that Christ died for our sins, but had conquered death. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Thousands flock to St. Damian's for Easter in Oak Forest," 1 Apr. 2018 Denny Lanez: Whether with moody trap or off-the-wall bangers, the Milwaukee newcomer conquers his live shows with superstar-worthy swagger. 8:30 p.m. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 must-see acts at Summerfest, from the Weeknd to Arcade Fire to Janelle Monae," 19 June 2018 Those categories are for individuals who do not seek to join the U.S., but rather represent nations seeking to parley with—or conquer—it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "What Is Birthright Citizenship, and Can It Be Ended in the U.S.?," 30 Oct. 2018 So deep in Donald Trump’s manner of leadership is dividing in order to conquer. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, aides struggle to balance midterm politics with empathy after synagogue massacre," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of conquer

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for conquer

Middle English, to acquire, conquer, from Anglo-French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere, alteration of Latin conquirere to search for, collect, from com- + quaerere to ask, search

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conquer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of conquer

: to take control of (a country, city, etc.) through the use of force

: to defeat (someone or something) through the use of force

: to gain control of (a problem or difficulty) through great effort

conquer

verb
con·​quer | \ ˈkäŋ-kər \
conquered; conquering

Kids Definition of conquer

1 : to get or gain by force : win by fighting
2 : overcome sense 1 She worked hard to conquer her fears.

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