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

Sparta preserved its regional dominance more by restraint than by hunger for conquest. Nick Burns, The New Republic, "In Defense of Sparta," 7 Aug. 2019 Alas, as Kublai Khan knew, not all conquests require invasion. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 29 Aug. 2019 English is uniquely twice-blessed, thanks to the Norman conquest that brought Latinate influence into the Anglo-Saxon tradition. Barbara Kingsolver, Washington Post, "How Barbara Kingsolver reignited her love affair with words," 27 Aug. 2019 There will already be a cheesecake for sale here, but the complimentary offering will only be available to those who complete the cheese conquest. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Ready for this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Fest? This sneak peek may help your strategy," 19 Aug. 2019 The wanton disrespect that these elected Republicans afforded to Mueller was perhaps the most alarming testament yet to Trump’s total conquest of the Party. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Why the Mueller Hearings Were So Alarming," 25 July 2019 Politically and militarily the United States may see space as another conquest — a place to own and control. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: 50 years after the moon landing is no time to relaunch a go-it-alone space race," 19 July 2019 One woman alleged that in 2014 Kramer would visit her cubicle almost daily to share tales of conquests with women. Matthias Gafni,, "Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer accused of creating hostile workplace, may face removal," 5 June 2019 Here, there are no long lines, no gimmicky mimosa deals, no hungover undergrads loudly discussing last night’s conquests. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "I Hate Brunch, But I Love Root Baking Co.," 26 July 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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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