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[kong-ker] /ˈkɒŋ kər/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory:
Despite their differences, their love will conquer.
Origin of conquer
1200-50; Middle English conqueren < Anglo-French conquerir, Old French conquerre < Vulgar Latin *conquērere to acquire (for Latin conquīrere to seek out). See con-, query
Related forms
conquerable, adjective
conquerableness, noun
conqueringly, adverb
half-conquered, adjective
preconquer, verb (used with object)
reconquer, verb (used with object)
unconquerable, adjective
unconquerably, adverb
unconquered, adjective
2. vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate.
Synonym Study
2. See defeat. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unconquered
Historical Examples
  • He opposed to it the unconquered shield of spotless innocence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • When you have grown stronger then give battle to these unconquered veterans.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • The north and northwest sides, as I have said, are as yet unconquered.

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams
  • I was soon near out of money and at my wit's end, but my will was unconquered.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • For her he was still the unconquered, in spite of his loyal endeavour to seem conquered.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • It was the voice of the far-off, mysterious, and unconquered North!

  • He left the window and crawled over to the bed where he lay weak but unconquered.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • Yes; but bind himself and her to face it—as yet menacing and unconquered?

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Dedications to Mithra the unconquered Sun have been found in abundance.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Between the car and window, warily walking, went Bloom, unconquered hero.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for unconquered


to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat
to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount
(transitive) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win
(transitive) to gain the love, sympathy, etc, of (someone) by seduction or force of personality
Derived Forms
conquerable, adjective
conquerableness, noun
conquering, adjective
conqueror, noun
Word Origin
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 unconquered



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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