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.

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 formscon·quer·a·ble, adjectivecon·quer·a·ble·ness, nouncon·quer·ing·ly, adverbhalf-con·quered, adjectivepre·con·quer, verb (used with object)re·con·quer, verb (used with object)un·con·quer·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·quer·a·bly, adverbun·con·quered, adjective

Synonyms for conquer

Synonym study

2. See defeat.
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Related Words for conquering

winning, successful, triumphant

Examples from the Web for conquering

Contemporary Examples of conquering

Historical Examples of conquering

  • 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.


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with conquering

conquer

see divide and conquer.

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