conquest

noun
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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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 Frank Dean, a former park ranger who is head of the Yosemite Conservancy, describes the renovation of the grove as part of an evolution in the way Americans approach the West: from conquest and discovery to preservation. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees," 18 June 2018 De la Vega’s account, written nearly 50 years after Cieza de Leon’s in the early 17th century, tells a similar story of a decisive conquest and subsequent forced dispersal of the Chachapoyas around the Inca Empire. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of History," 27 Mar. 2018 Saarinen understood how essentially American the arch form was, a symbol of triumph and conquest that is hollow at its core. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Saarinen understood how essentially American the arch form was, a symbol of triumph and conquest that is hollow at its core. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 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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conquest

noun

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

conquest

noun
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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