Definition of conquer
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
: to be victorious
conquerorplay \ˈkäŋ-kər-ər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of conquer from the Web
The film becomes more about Churchill’s battle to conquer himself than about the Allies’ battle to defeat the Nazis.
Nicky Jam and Wisin are getting ready to conquer the summer with a new music video.
In conquering the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan, and east Jerusalem, Israel created new and enduring realities that would frame the pursuit of peace and the waging of wars for the next half century.
Apparently, all that conquering didn’t significantly change the genetics of this Egyptian population—which, in itself, was unexpected.
About 300 climbers have died since Everest was first conquered in 1953, and at least 100 — maybe 200 — corpses remain on the mountain.
What separates him from the other superstars of his era is how often those trials are conquered, to the point that the current Cavs now find their most dramatic tension within.
At such events, Clinton has been treated more like a conquering heroine than the loser of an election -- with more outward affection and enthusiasm than during the campaign.
The conquering army effectively reset 1948 by uniting the entire land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River under Israeli control — what Jews think of as Eretz Israel (the land of Israel) and what to Palestinians is the whole of Palestine.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of conquer
CONQUER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conquer for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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