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conquer

[kong-ker] /ˈkɒŋ kər/
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)
5.
to be victorious; make conquests; gain the victory:
Despite their differences, their love will conquer.
Origin
1200-1250
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
conquerable, adjective
conquerableness, noun
conqueringly, adverb
half-conquered, adjective
preconquer, verb (used with object)
reconquer, verb (used with object)
unconquerable, adjective
unconquerably, adverb
unconquered, adjective
Synonyms
2. vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate. See defeat.
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  • How rugged the pioneers must have been to conquer this gorgeous but inhospitable terrain.
  • It is designed to help children keep up with their subjects while they conquer the language.
  • It would be much easier to conquer them, if they had once given themselves over to sensual indulgences.
  • But a tiny number of people conquer lethal diseases.
  • There he would flourish mightily and serve the armies that would conquer much of the known world.
  • There is so much to learn and so much to conquer in the world.
  • What if they didn't conquer faster than light travel, but instead learned how to live virtually forever.
  • Over the past two decades central bankers have gained plenty of experience in how to conquer excessive price increases.
  • In the prime of their working lives they wanted to conquer the world with their products.
  • Unlike mountaineers, he felt no urge to conquer the rock-face.
British Dictionary definitions for conquer

conquer

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

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