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

Other Words from vanquish

vanquishable \ ˈvaŋ-​kwi-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce vanquish (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
Recent Examples on the Web Kansas will play the winner of Saturday night’s other semifinal between North Carolina and Duke on Monday night, allowing the Jayhawks to vanquish another memory — losing their most recent championship game, in the same Superdome a decade ago. Billy Witz, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2022 One of her team’s goals was to identify and systematically test substances used in traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to vanquish chloroquine-resistant malaria. Maggie Villiger, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 Hillary apologizes, and then two of them agree to join forces and vanquish Trump. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru prepares to vanquish all who stand in his way. Travis Bean, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Although the outnumbered fighters did not manage to vanquish the opposing force, Kaia, an accountant who had left her baby at home that weekend, was pleased with the training exercise. Lisa Abend/klooga, Time, 7 Apr. 2022 The Peacocks now take on a Murray State squad that also needed overtime to vanquish their foe. Alex Kay, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The town of 20,000 people is about 20 miles south of Kharkiv and has been victimized by its proximity to the sprawling regional jewel that Russia's military pounding has failed to vanquish. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Many are believed to be arriving from Syria, where Moscow long supported the brutal and ultimately successful campaign of President Bashar Assad to vanquish domestic opposition as well as the Islamic State terrorist group. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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