conquer

[kong-ker]
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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

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Synonym study

2. See defeat.
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Examples from the Web for unconquered

Historical Examples of unconquered

  • He opposed to it the unconquered shield of spotless innocence.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • When you have grown stronger then give battle to these unconquered veterans.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • The north and northwest sides, as I have said, are as yet unconquered.

  • I was soon near out of money and at my wit's end, but my will was unconquered.

    Eben Holden

    Irving Bacheller

  • For her he was still the unconquered, in spite of his loyal endeavour to seem conquered.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy


British Dictionary definitions for unconquered

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 unconquered

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 unconquered

conquer

see divide and conquer.

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