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 Spanish conquistadors destroyed Tenochtitlan and paved over its ruins following their conquest of the city in 1519. James Rogers, Fox News, "Aztec 'tower of skulls' reveals more of its gruesome secrets," 14 Dec. 2020 That, at any rate, is the dream of for-profit space conquest that Musk and the other New Space firms signed on for. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 Following the conquest of Sicily, Prestia took part in the amphibious landings at Salerno and Anzio on the Italian mainland. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The True History of Netflix’s ‘The Liberator’," 11 Nov. 2020 In fact, the great conquest of our civilization is to guarantee equal opportunity, which is the only equality that does not corrupt but rather enhances. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Equality and Envy," 24 Oct. 2020 Their 4-3, Game 7 conquest of the Braves was a master class in plate discipline. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rays-Dodgers World Series: Preview, schedule and why L.A. holds a slight edge," 20 Oct. 2020 But Craig-Atkins and her colleagues suggest the conquest may have wrought some more subtle changes to England’s agriculture and thus to people’s diets. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The Norman Conquest didn’t change ordinary people’s lives very much," 6 July 2020 As its first president, Washington recognized that the United States was born out of slavery, conquest and violence as much as of sacred principle. Maurizio Valsania, The Conversation, "How George Washington used his first Thanksgiving as president to unite a new country," 23 Nov. 2020 And finally there’s the old Soviet dream of polar exploration and conquest. National Geographic, "In Russia’s far north, legends and lives are frozen in time," 10 Nov. 2020

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

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30 Dec 2020

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“Conquest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 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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