vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

Definition of vanquish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to overcome in battle :  subdue completely

  3. 2 :  to defeat in a conflict or contest

  4. 3 :  to gain mastery over (an emotion, passion, or temptation) <vanquish your fear>

vanquishable

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vanquisher

noun

Examples of vanquish in a sentence

  1. They were vanquished in battle.

  2. <vanquished nation after nation in his relentless conquest of Europe>

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

VANQUISH Defined for English Language Learners

vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish, ˈvan-\

Definition of vanquish for English Language Learners

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


VANQUISH Defined for Kids

vanquish

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verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish\

Definition of vanquish for Students

vanquished

vanquishing

  1. :  overcome 1



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