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conquer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of conquer

  1. 1 to bring under one's control by force of arms before his final defeat, Napoléon had managed to conquer much of Europe Synonyms of conquer dominate, overpower, pacify, subdue, subject, subjugate, subordinate, vanquish Words Related to conquer annihilate, beat, clobber, crush, defeat, drub, lick, mow (down), overcome, prevail (over), reduce, rout, skunk, smash, thrash, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip; enslave; break, clamp down (on), crack down (on), put down, quash, quell, repress, silence, smother, snuff (out), squash, squelch, suppress Near Antonyms of conquer discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, free, liberate, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter

  2. 2 to achieve a victory over love conquers all, or so romance novels would have us believe Synonyms of conquer best, beat, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to conquer sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of conquer fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of conquer lose (to)

  3. 3 to achieve victory (as in a contest) a coach who demands that his team conquer, whatever the cost Synonyms of conquer win, prevail, triumphWords Related to conquer overcome, sweep; squeak, squeeze; contend, vie; succeed; breeze, rompNear Antonyms of conquer collapse, fail, flop, fold, wash out; flounder, struggle; decline, slip, slump, waneAntonyms of conquer lose

Synonym Discussion of conquer

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


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