conquer

[kong-ker]

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.

Nearby words

  1. conoid,
  2. conon,
  3. conoscenti,
  4. conoscope,
  5. conoscopic,
  6. conquerer,
  7. conqueror,
  8. conquest,
  9. conquian,
  10. conquistador

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

Synonym study

2. See defeat.

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British Dictionary definitions for conquering

conquer

verb

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
Derived Formsconquerable, adjectiveconquerableness, nounconquering, adjectiveconqueror, noun

Word Origin for conquer

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 conquering

conquer

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with conquering

conquer

see divide and conquer.

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