- 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 conquered
Historically, conquering armies have seized inhabitants of conquered areas and enslaved them.
Rather, human trafficking, like slavery in the past, is a way of demoralizing the conquered.
The roots of the violence can be found in the nearly six decades since Israel conquered Gaza and the West Bank.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands
October 21, 2014
At the time, before ISIS had conquered Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, the attack evoked outrage but not hysteria.French Jihadi Mehdi Nemmouche Is the Shape of Terror to Come
September 9, 2014
After the Greeks came the Persians, who conquered all of northern Africa.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There is crime to be conquered, the rough crime of the streets.
We have not conquered these fears of pain—rather their cause has been removed.The Conquest of Fear
Under the urge of it, he conquered—at last brought himself and his charge to the shore.Within the Law
Even Enobarbus is conquered at the last by Antony's noble magnanimity.The Man Shakespeare
- 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 conquered
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with conquered
see divide and conquer.
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