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.

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

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

2. vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate. See defeat. Unabridged
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conquer (ˈkɒŋkə)
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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.Fr. conquerre, from V.L. *conquærere (for L. conquirere) "to search for, procure," from L. com- intensive prefix + quærere "to seek, acquire" (see query).
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Idioms & Phrases


see divide and conquer.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
How rugged the pioneers must have been to conquer this gorgeous but
  inhospitable terrain.
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.
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