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

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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
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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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