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verb (used with object)
  1. to acquire by force of arms; win in war: to conquer a foreign land.

  2. to overcome by force; subdue: to conquer an enemy.

  1. to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.: conquer the hearts of his audience.

  2. to gain a victory over; surmount; master; overcome: to conquer disease and poverty; to conquer one's fear.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory: Despite their differences, their love will conquer.

Origin of conquer

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English conqueren, from Anglo-French conquerir, Old French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin conquērere (unrecorded) “to acquire,” from Latin conquīrere “to seek out”; see con-, query

synonym study For conquer

2. See defeat.

Other words for conquer

Other words from conquer

  • con·quer·a·ble, adjective
  • con·quer·a·ble·ness, noun
  • con·quer·ing·ly, adverb
  • half-con·quered, adjective
  • pre·con·quer, verb (used with object)
  • re·con·quer, verb (used with object)
  • un·con·quer·a·ble, adjective
  • un·con·quered, adjective

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How to use conquer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conquer


/ (ˈkɒŋkə) /

  1. to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat

  2. to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount

  1. (tr) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win

  2. (tr) to gain the love, sympathy, etc, of (someone) by seduction or force of personality

Origin of conquer

C13: from Old French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin conquērere (unattested) to obtain, from Latin conquīrere to search for, collect, from quaerere to seek

Derived forms of conquer

  • conquerable, adjective
  • conquerableness, noun
  • conquering, adjective
  • conqueror, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with conquer


see divide and conquer.

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