vanquish

verb
van·​quish | \ ˈvaŋ-kwish How to pronounce vanquish (audio) , ˈvan- How to pronounce vanquish (audio) \
vanquished; vanquishing; vanquishes

Definition of vanquish

transitive verb

1 : to overcome in battle : subdue completely
2 : to defeat in a conflict or contest
3 : to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) vanquish your fear

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Other Words from vanquish

vanquishable \ ˈvaŋ-​kwi-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce vanquishable (audio) , ˈvan-​ \ adjective
vanquisher noun

Choose the Right Synonym for vanquish

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of. Caesar conquered Gaul vanquish implies a complete overpowering. vanquished the enemy and ended the war defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals. the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas subdue implies a defeating and suppression. subdued the native tribes after years of fighting reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender. the city was reduced after a month-long siege overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle. overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power. violently overthrew the old regime

Examples of vanquish in a Sentence

They were vanquished in battle. vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe

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Having vanquished plastic straws, the California Legislature is now considering a bill to ban paper cash-register receipts. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "Bad Science May Banish Paper Receipts," 25 Feb. 2019 Plan your next vacation by envisioning your ideal place to vanquish your reading list. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 Not surprisingly, the Spurs hold the record for the most international players on a roster during the playoffs: nine on the 2014 team that vanquished LeBron James’ Miami Heat in five games to win the franchise’s fifth NBA title. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Record number of international players participating in playoffs," 20 Apr. 2018 Years of fighting Nazis convinced them that nothing less than Hitler’s death would vanquish the Third Reich. Fox News, "How the woman who identified Hitler's dental remains ended up in prison," 16 July 2018 Now, just eight years later, Chrome has more or less vanquished both of its opponents with a market share of over 60 percent. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 The middle-schooler had vanquished him in March at the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee. New York Times, "A Texas Wild Card Wins Spelling Bee With ‘Koinonia’," 1 June 2018 Such is the promise of e-government advertised by neoliberal elites — policy wonks, politicians on the make, self-interested contractors and philanthro-capitalists: waste and inequity vanquished in the solvent of automation and big data. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Books by Virginia Eubanks, Jeremy Bailenson, Niall Ferguson," 1 Feb. 2018 The victory propels New Orleans into an NFC Divisional Round game against the Minnesota Vikings, the team that vanquished them in Week 1 to start the season. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "What we learned from the Saints' wild-card win against the Panthers," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of vanquish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vanquish

Middle English venquishen, borrowed from Anglo-French venquis-, extended stem of veintre, vaincre "to defeat, conquer," going back to Latin vincere — more at victor

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vanquish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vanquish

literary : to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.

vanquish

verb
van·​quish | \ ˈvaŋ-kwish How to pronounce vanquish (audio) \
vanquished; vanquishing

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