conquer

verb
con·​quer | \ ˈkäŋ-kər How to pronounce conquer (audio) \
conquered; conquering\ ˈkäŋ-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce conquering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce conqueror (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for conquer

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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The first step in conquering an addiction is acceptance, after all. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "The Coop Pillow Has Officially Made Me Addicted To My Bed," 4 Mar. 2019 After conquering the high-fashion world — that’s really not an exaggeration — Kloss starting taking on more commercial (and lucrative) jobs, becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2013 and signing a contract with Nike in 2014. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner’s marriage adds new star power — and weirdness — to the Trump family tree," 19 Oct. 2018 The goal here isn’t to shave seconds off lap-times or to conquer continents. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 If someone didn't know how to conquer a particular part of the game, like, that was her wheelhouse. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Talk about the divide and conquer, how that impacts things. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Timely Context The Greek king Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 B.C., bringing an end to Persian rule. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Greco-Roman Temple Unearthed in Egypt," 5 Apr. 2018 Whereas the term Manifest Destiny had been coined as a justification for conquering great swaths of the continent at gunpoint, Gilpin transformed it into a more wholesome interpretation that pulled peoples across the nation. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 For much of the last decade, a technology industry ruled by smartphones has pursued a singular goal of completely conquering our eyes. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.," 27 June 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 How to pronounce conquer (audio) \
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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