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[kong-ker] /ˈkɒŋ kər/
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 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
2. vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate. See defeat. Unabridged
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  • A sense of achievement; of conquering the unconquerable; of pitting human wits against giants and winning—a sporting chance.

    Through Glacier Park Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • We form a habit of conquering as insistent as any other habit.

  • conquering her natural fears she rose, and donning a dressing gown, unconsciously tried the handle of her door.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • I struggled with temptation and fell asleep still not conquering it.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • It would be a stain, as even the half-opened paleface eye may see, were it taken from one by the conquering arm of a foe.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for conquering


to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat
to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount
(transitive) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win
(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 conquering



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
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