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.
- 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
Whoever sends more soldiers to a given castle conquers that castle and wins its victory points.
To make the numbers, Tesla needs to conquer an additional one-fifth of the entire global luxury car market.Tesla has a business model problem: It can never justify its current stock price by simply making cars | Shawn Tully | August 29, 2020 | Fortune
Many times, I’ve tried and failed to turn myself into one of those righteous dawn patrollers, who have conquered all of their demons and will inherit the Earth.
Perhaps in Term Two the president can conquer the literal and figurative gridlock.
NFL wide receiver Chris Hogan has now conquered the AFC East after signing on Sunday with the New York Jets, completing a doable but pretty uncommon feat across sports.
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 | Alex Suskind | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Give me a horse and a gun and an open plain, and we can conquer the world," he thundered before the assembled crowd.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you hold to it, you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.
Most recently, he has promised that followers who obey him “will conquer Rome and own the world.”
To-day men of science are trying to conquer the horrors of cancer and smallpox, and rabies and consumption.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
It was the spiritual way, whose method and secret lie in that subtle paradox: Yield to conquer.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Their standards had nothing in common; in the one honour could conquer ambition, in the other ambition knew no rules of honour.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Norman went slowly down, with failing knees, hardly able to conquer the shudder that came over him, as he passed those rooms.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
Thus it was that he himself created the morale which enabled him again and again to conquer against overwhelming odds.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for 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
- conquerable, adjective
- conquerableness, noun
- conquering, adjective
- conqueror, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with conquer
see divide and conquer.
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