vanquish

play
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

play \ˈvaŋ-kwi-shə-bəl, ˈvan-\ adjective

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

play
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

play
verb van·quish \ˈvaŋ-kwish\

Definition of vanquish for Students

vanquished

;

vanquishing

  1. :  overcome 1



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vanquish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

capable of being altered or controlled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!