re·​con·​quer (ˌ)rē-ˈkäŋ-kər How to pronounce reconquer (audio)
reconquered; reconquering; reconquers

transitive verb

: to conquer again
especially : recover by conquest
As a consequence North Africa was easily reconquered by the Byzantine emperor in the 530s, and the Vandals' influence on North African development was ephemeral and negligible. Norman F. Cantor
His position is more secure than ever, and it's only a matter of time before he reconquers most of Syria. Max Boot

Examples of reconquer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The payoff can be great when these conditions combine: Germany conquered France in a month, Israel defeated Egypt in six days, and the United States reconquered Kuwait in 100 hours. Stephen Biddle, Foreign Affairs, 29 Jan. 2024 The United States and its European allies have provided billions of dollars in weapons and financial aid to help stop Putin’s drive to reconquer the Russian Empire. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 In another video, scored to the soundtrack of Lord of the Rings, a cultural touchstone for Europe’s new hard right, Mr. Abascal leads a posse of men on horseback to reconquer Europe. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 23 July 2023 The Biafran war ended in 1970, when Nigeria reconquered the breakaway region and expelled most of the European missionaries. Clay Risen,, 19 July 2023 These disputes became more rancorous after Russia’s 2008 war in Georgia and its 2014 annexation of Crimea, with liberal internationalists arguing that these wars revealed Putin to be an imperialist, revisionist leader seeking to reconquer the Soviet empire. Emma Ashford, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 My favorite part of role-playing games, or RPGs, has always been creating my own worlds and stories—like having Genghis Khan rise from the dead to reconquer the known world with a zombie army. Brian Childs, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 Germany, France and Britain see stronger ties between NATO and Ukraine as a way to encourage Kyiv to start peace talks with Russia later this year, officials from the three governments said, as some of Kyiv’s Western partners have growing doubts over its ability to reconquer all its territory. WSJ, 25 Feb. 2023 The great battle of existence is between these forces of darkness and those of light, which must reconquer the universe. Fintan O’Toole, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reconquer was in 1523

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“Reconquer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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