conquer

[kong-ker]
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.
  3. to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.: conquer the hearts of his audience.
  4. 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

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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Examples from the Web for reconquer

Historical Examples of reconquer

  • The reply was, “If all the Europeans save one are slain, that one will remain to fight and reconquer.”

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    Samuel Smiles

  • He has a force of only 1100 men, but in his hands it is sufficient to reconquer France.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • I'm restless because of ambition; I want to reconquer an independent position.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • And that Sweyn will aid him to reconquer England for the Dane.

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Is that the way they mean to reconquer Venice by dint of arms?


British Dictionary definitions for reconquer

conquer

verb
  1. to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat
  2. to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount
  3. (tr) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win
  4. (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 reconquer
v.

1580s, from Middle French reconquerre (12c.), from re- "again, back" (see re-) + conquerre (see conquer). Related: Reconquered; reconquering.

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 reconquer

conquer

see divide and conquer.

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