|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|
|[C13: from Old French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin conquērere (unattested) to obtain, from Latin conquīrere to search for, collect, from quaerere to seek]|
see divide and conquer.