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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Hooker, though, won’t be an easy opponent to vanquish. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, "Vergil Ortiz Could Be The Next Breakout Star For Golden Boy, But Maurice Hooker Has Other Plans For Him," 19 Mar. 2021 If the original genetic scramble created antibodies prepared to take on all manner of pathogens, these random but more subtle tweaks have a chance of enhancing the ability to vanquish the specific virus at hand. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "The Virus Is Evolving. But So Are Your Antibodies," 12 Feb. 2021 Neither side of the political divide is going to vanquish the other, or eradicate opposing beliefs, practices and values entirely. Kumar Yogeeswaran, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs Tolerance more than Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 These programs share a common purpose: to vanquish negative stereotypes and celebrate demonstrate the universal nature of human achievement. Blake D. Morant, Forbes, "A Postlude On Black History Month," 1 Mar. 2021 Washington has always been equivocal about the United Nations; at their best, U.N. members have rallied to vanquish the Taliban and repair the ravages of natural disasters. John Mcwhorter, Washington Post, "Biden Should ...," 15 Jan. 2021 But only a broad coalition in which neither camp tries to vanquish the other will secure the victories needed actually to use the power of the state to make substantive reforms. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "How the Democratic Party Can Create a Majoritarian Coalition," 11 Feb. 2021 Last February, soon after the coronavirus began appearing in the United States, Barouch told the Globe that multiple vaccines would be needed to vanquish it because no single drug firm could produce enough doses to protect everyone. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Beth Israel researcher awaits approval of the COVID-19 vaccine he helped create," 16 Jan. 2021 And some seem to be focused more on the rollout of the vaccines that could eventually vanquish the threat. Julie Watson And Terry Tang, The Christian Science Monitor, "As pandemic intensifies, so does US restriction fatigue," 13 Jan. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vanquish

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


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

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