conquest

noun
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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Trump said last week he had been told that the full territorial conquest to defeat the Islamic State could be completed in the coming week. Zeina Karam, The Seattle Times, "Fierce battles near final IS foothold in eastern Syria," 12 Feb. 2019 So in October, lawmakers passed another bill declaring tejo part of the national patrimony, noting that it was invented by local Muisca Indians long before the Spanish conquest. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 Palacio Nacional Diego Rivera's famous mural The History of Mexico, showcases the history of the nation, from the Aztec era through the conquest to the Revolution and the development of industry. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 When the Japanese conquered what was then French Indochina in September 1941, the U.S. replied with severe economic sanctions, which convinced the Japanese that America was hostile and might use its fleet to block Tokyo’s conquest of Southeast Asia. William Lloyd Stearman, WSJ, "America Lost Vietnam but Saved Southeast Asia," 27 Jan. 2019 The timetable begins at 5:45 a.m. with a choice of hikes, ranging from two-mile meadow walks to five-mile mountain conquests with names like Red-Tail Hawk and Blue Jay. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Players can win the game either through conquest or through peaceful victories centered around science or culture, among other things. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience," 4 Oct. 2018 What the victors didn't disclose: many of those conquests came without firing a shot. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "Yemen: US allies strike deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels," 6 Aug. 2018 But many Rakhine Buddhists dream of carving out a sovereign Rakhine, or Arakan, nation, like the one that existed until its conquest by the Burmese in the late 18th century. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Buddhist Violence Portends New Threat to Myanmar," 4 Jan. 2019

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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 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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