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
OUT TUESDAY THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE (Universal) In 1939, when the Nazi armies conquer Poland, the couple who run the Warsaw Zoo turn the grounds’ hiding places into a refuge for Jews seeking to escape the slaughter.
Ancient Egyptians may have given cats the personality to conquer the world For years, historians thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate the feline.
Dolce & Gabbana divided to conquer, offering a surprise Sartoria show as an amuse-bouche to its now habitual millennial-athon (which is starting to feel like a return to the days of D&G).
Coronado regained his wits to discover that his men, lacking their concussed leader, had gone on to conquer the city of Hawikuh.
Catherine Rogers, 17, of the Beverly community of Chicago, not only conquered the panic and fear but managed to score a perfect 36 on the test.
In 2014, after the group declared its caliphate, al-Adnani vowed to conquer Baghdad as well as the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in southern Iraq.
The latest strategies include the field of immunotherapy, where drugs customized for different genetic variations boost a person’s own immune system to conquer tumors or at least keep them from spreading.
Treekul almost conquered the dreary day and the field with a 3-over 75, but one player topped it.
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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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