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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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Examples for conquering
  • Disciplining your thoughts and controlling your conscious mind, are crucial elements of conquering this fear.
  • He complained a lot during the marriage but all the time he was conquering the world of letters.
  • They acquire inflexibility of purpose by facing obstacles and conquering them.
  • The problem of defeating a virtual wizard or conquering a town in a game is a tough, but straightforward, task.
  • We become the place where all the world's major cultures and economies meet, conquering the world as it conquers us.
  • Great idea that works on a local level before conquering space.
  • At the same time, researchers in other labs made significant advances toward conquering some of the bugs' best defenses.
  • In comic books, conquering fear is a good basis for a successful vigilante lifestyle.
  • Many at the conference likened it to the tortuous process of conquering addiction.
  • The all-conquering maker of bendy, magnet-tipped prehensile tripods is slowly turning into a flashlight company.
British Dictionary definitions for conquering

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 conquering
conquer
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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