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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Real World, but with bloodsuckers—the location shifted from the creators’ native New Zealand to Staten Island, where erstwhile Ottoman warriors and Gothic enchantresses sent to conquer the New World have instead become homebodies. Judy Berman, Time, "The Best New TV Characters of 2019," 6 Dec. 2019 The EcoLoo co-founder still has one mountain to conquer: getting her toilet installed at Everest base camp. Amani Al-aidroos And Tom Page, CNN, "How a poop on Everest inspired a toilet that could save lives (and your dignity)," 4 Dec. 2019 His eponymous company last week fleshed out its plan to conquer the wilds on battery power, with an all-electric four-door SUV and four-door pickup truck. Wired, "Bollinger's Electric Pickup and SUV Are Made for the Mud," 8 Oct. 2019 Basques lived in northern Spain when the Romans invaded the area in 196 B.C., for instance, but were never conquered by Rome or other groups that came after them. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How the Basques became an autonomous community within Spain," 24 Oct. 2019 We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! David Williams, CNN, "NFL player won't have to pay $7,017 fine for 'Man of God' headband, so he's giving the money to a hospital instead," 9 Oct. 2019 Willian has also added the FA Cup to his long list of honours with the team, whilst the League Cup and Europa League were likewise conquered during his time at Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "Chelsea Planning to Allow Willian to Leave for Free as Juventus & Barcelona Prepare to Pounce," 30 Sep. 2019 He's spent hours poring over documents written by Spanish visitors and inhabitants after it was finally conquered in 1695 and renamed Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 The Chimu civilization was conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. Fox News, "World’s largest 'mass child sacrifice' site discovered in Peru: reports," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of conquer was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Conquer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conquers. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for conquer

conquer

verb
How to pronounce conquer (audio)

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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