- 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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Examples from the Web for conquering
Historically, conquering armies have seized inhabitants of conquered areas and enslaved them.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
You can clink your wine glass and deliver an impassioned speech about conquering the demons that kept you confined in the closet.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
“Persecution is good for you” Freeman said, pointing to the Jewish people “conquering” Europe after the Holocaust as an example.Awkward: This Democratic Judicial Candidate's Husband Is a White Supremacist
August 11, 2014
By the time word of military victory reached home, the conquering army might have been destroyed in a subsequent battle.How the News Business Found Its Footing
June 22, 2014
After a day of missteps in the West Midlands, Farage was treated like a conquering hero when he took the stage.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?
April 30, 2014
Difficulties to conquer can only exist side by side with the possibility of not conquering them.
We form a habit of conquering as insistent as any other habit.
I struggled with temptation and fell asleep still not conquering it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Can't be exactly a conquering hero the first night you put them on, can you, Roger?'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
They have a conquering power that we never find in our wives.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- 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
Word Origin and History for conquering
c.1200, cunquearen, from Old French conquerre "conquer, defeat, vanquish," from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere (for Latin conquirere) "to search for, procure by effort, win," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + quaerere "to seek, gain" (see query (v.)). Related: Conquered; conquering.
Idioms and Phrases with conquering
see divide and conquer.