SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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
to seek out). See
query Related forms 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·quer·a·bly, adverb un·con·quered, adjective
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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
He has a force of only 1100 men, but in his hands it is sufficient to
I'm restless because of ambition; I want to
reconquer an independent position.
And that Sweyn will aid him to
reconquer England for the Dane.
Is that the way they mean to
reconquer Venice by dint of arms? British Dictionary definitions for reconquer 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 Forms conquerable, adjective conquerableness, noun conquering, adjective conqueror, 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. v.
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
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