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[kon-kwest, kong-] /ˈkɒn kwɛst, ˈkɒŋ-/
the act or state of conquering or the state of being conquered; vanquishment.
the winning of favor, affection, love, etc.:
the conquest of Antony by Cleopatra.
a person whose favor, affection, etc., has been won:
He's another one of her conquests.
anything acquired by conquering, as a nation, a territory, or spoils.
the Conquest, Norman Conquest.
Origin of conquest
1275-1325; Middle English conqueste < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *conquēsta (for Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere). See con-, quest
Related forms
postconquest, adjective
reconquest, noun
self-conquest, noun
1. subjugation, defeat, mastery. See victory. 2. seduction, enchantment.
1. surrender. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conquest
  • The conquest of urban disease in the developed world has been one of the great triumphs of the past two centuries.
  • War trophies are tangible symbols of conquest and may enrich their new owners.
  • It was a turning point, a conquest and a trial of strength the government could not afford to lose.
  • Any attempt at conquest would be over before it even started.
  • Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again.
  • The former is being displaced by the latter, a well-financed and shrewdly organized expedition bent on conquest.
  • Yet one of the lessons that shines through the book is that neither conquest nor economic might guarantees a language's survival.
  • The archaeologist says an invading army could have set fires to the monuments as a signature of their conquest.
  • Such benign innovations might provide a better option than military conquest.
  • It turned out that the moon landing wasn't the beginning of an inexorable, progressive conquest of space.
British Dictionary definitions for conquest


/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
the act or an instance of conquering or the state of having been conquered; victory
a person, thing, etc, that has been conquered or won
the act or art of gaining a person's compliance, love, etc, by seduction or force of personality
a person, whose compliance, love, etc, has been won over by seduction or force of personality
Word Origin
C13: from Old French conqueste, from Vulgar Latin conquēsta (unattested), from Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere to seek out, procure; see conquer


/ˈkɒnkwɛst; ˈkɒŋ-/
the Conquest, See Norman Conquest
(Canadian) the Conquest, the conquest by the United Kingdom of French North America, ending in 1763
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Word Origin and History for conquest

early 14c., a merged word from Old French conquest "acquisition" (Modern French conquêt), and Old French conqueste "conquest, acquisition" (Modern French conquête), both from past participle of conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere (see conquer).

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