con·​quest | \ ˈkän-ˌkwest How to pronounce conquest (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The president has demanded, for instance, that the King of Spain apologize to Mexico for the Spanish conquest 500 years ago. David Luhnow, WSJ, 4 June 2021 But around the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1530, the Inca started mixing pigments, including titanium white, into resin and decorating qeros with the bright goo. Adam Rogers, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2021 The latest conquest was winning the CCO winter five-versus-five varsity division after posting a 38-12 victory over Ave Maria Gyrenes at Bill Lips Park. Emmett Hall,, 6 May 2021 The Britons were the Celtic speaking peoples who had inhabited Britain before the Roman conquest. Amy Briscoe, Wired, 21 Apr. 2021 The late-night host gig, however, was a different kind of conquest. Breeanna Hare, CNN, 23 May 2021 Yet the conquest of space is by its nature a speculative endeavor, and perhaps needed some irrational exuberance to help wake it from a 50-year slumber. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 11 May 2021 The plight of these women, who survived almost unimaginable horrors in five years of captivity, is one of the many tragic but least-known footnotes in the story of ISIS' conquest of large swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Jane Arraf New York Times, Star Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 Is the rising conquest of mangroves over oysters a good or bad thing? Kevin Spear,, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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“Conquest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce conquest (audio) \

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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