- to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to conquer a foreign land.
- to overcome by force; subdue: to conquer an enemy.
- to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.: conquer the hearts of his audience.
- to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome: to conquer disease and poverty; to conquer one's fear.
- to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory: Despite their differences, their love will conquer.
Origin of conquer
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2. vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate.
2. See defeat.
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Examples from the Web for conquer
Do you feel like you can conquer anything on the film landscape after making these massive trilogies?‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
"Give me a horse and a gun and an open plain, and we can conquer the world," he thundered before the assembled crowd.In Texas, Cruz, Perry Crow Over GOP Rout
November 5, 2014
He also told the paper that journalist James Foley deserved to die and that they will one day conquer the Vatican.Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot to Kill The Pope
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 28, 2014
If you hold to it, you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.Pope Francis, ISIS, and the Last Crusade
August 18, 2014
Most recently, he has promised that followers who obey him “will conquer Rome and own the world.”Why the Caliphate Will Devour Its Children
July 11, 2014
And it is the world's only hope, to conquer poverty and preserve peace.
It is an axiom in all progress that the more we conquer the more easily we conquer.
As already seen, we ask for difficulties to conquer, successes to achieve.
Difficulties to conquer can only exist side by side with the possibility of not conquering them.
No fools are they, in fact, even when to that name they 'stoop to conquer.'
- to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat
- to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount
- (tr) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win
- (tr) to gain the love, sympathy, etc, of (someone) by seduction or force of personality
C13: from Old French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin conquērere (unattested) to obtain, from Latin conquīrere to search for, collect, from quaerere to seek
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Word Origin and History for conquer
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with conquer
see divide and conquer.
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