Definition of vanquish
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>
vanquishableplay \ˈvaŋ-kwi-shə-bəl, ˈvan-\ adjective
Examples of vanquish in a sentence
They were vanquished in battle.
<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
VANQUISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vanquish for English Language Learners
: to defeat (someone) completely in a war, battle, etc.
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