vanquish

verb
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

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

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Sold separately, the hypoallergenic fragrance capsules promise to vanquish pet odors, boost mood and make your house smell nice without turning it into a potpourri boutique. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Products That Lend a Hand," 20 June 2019 Science has definitively vanquished social and legal (mis)understandings of paternity, kinship, and identity. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 The all-vanquishing AC Milan side of the early part of the decade was spearheaded by the three great Dutchmen: Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 The junior transfer [student] from Providence scored 33 points, collected six rebounds and had three steals to rescue the reeling Greyhounds and vanquish the MAAC favorite. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Gerald Brown III, former Frederick Douglass and Loyola College basketball player, dies," 10 June 2019 Another story is the continuing revival of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, largely vanquished last summer by the Carr Fire. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 In addition to being Bianca’s estranged best friend, Ainsley was the daughter of Bianca’s father’s vanquished presidential opponent, Marjorie Burton. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 During past visits, Culberson arrived at JPL much as a general returning to a capital city after vanquishing his foes, the spoils of war in tow. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 Karthik, for his part, took no extra satisfaction in vanquishing a familiar foe. Ben Nuckols, Fox News, "Wild card triumph: Little-known speller wins national bee," 1 June 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vanquish

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

vanquish

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

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