con·​quest | \ ˈkän-ˌkwest, ˈkäŋ-; ˈkäŋ-kwəst\

Definition of conquest

1 : the act or process of conquering
2a : something conquered especially : territory appropriated in war
b : a person whose favor or hand has been won

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Examples of conquest in a Sentence

tales of the ancient army's conquests She was one of his many conquests. people who boast about their sexual conquests
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The Mapuche famously resisted Spanish conquest during colonial times, using guerrilla warfare tactics to evade European fighters seeking to lay claim to their historic homeland in what is now Chile and Argentina. Kate Linthicum,, "The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved," 16 Jan. 2018 Immaculately wrought and often quite funny, this exceedingly entertaining movie puts the conquest of the West in cosmic terms, where death and destruction reign. John Powers, Vogue, "These Were 2018’s 12 Best Movies," 12 Dec. 2018 Dottie did her hair and makeup, someone would get the gloves, the perfume, and Tully would send her out for the conquest. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 Here's what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida," 7 Aug. 2018 At last, on Jan. 9, 1945, MacArthur, commanding a fleet of 818 ships and 280,000 men, landed at Lingayen Gulf to begin the conquest of Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘Rampage’ Review: MacArthur’s Bloody Promise," 25 Oct. 2018 Carbon transit times at Salpeten dropped and kept dropping until the eve of Spanish conquest, around 500 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 After its 20th century conquest of Europe, the guide ventured across the Atlantic to the United States in 2006, and then to Japan in 2007. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 Charlemagne’s empire was forged by conquest and sustained by the blessing of the Pope and the precedent of the Roman Empire. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Charlemagne to the Rescue," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of conquest

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conquest

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *conquaesitus, alteration of Latin conquisitus, past participle of conquirere

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English Language Learners Definition of conquest

: the act of taking control of a country, city, etc., through the use of force

: a country, city, etc., that an army has taken control of through the use of force

: a person someone has succeeded in having a romantic and especially a sexual relationship with


con·​quest | \ ˈkän-ˌkwest \

Kids Definition of conquest

1 : the act or process of getting or gaining especially by force
2 : something that is gotten or gained especially by force

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