[kon-kwest, kong-]
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.

1275–1325; Middle English conqueste < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *conquēsta (for Latin conquīsīta, feminine past participle of conquīrere). See con-, quest

postconquest, adjective
reconquest, noun
self-conquest, noun

1. subjugation, defeat, mastery. See victory. 2. seduction, enchantment.

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

Conquest (ˈkɒnkwɛst, ˈkɒŋ-)
1.  the Conquest See Norman Conquest
2.  (Canadian) the Conquest the conquest by the United Kingdom of French North America, ending in 1763

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c.1300, a merged word from O.Fr. conquest "acquisition" (Mod.Fr. conquêt), and O.Fr. conqueste "conquest, acquisition" (Mod.Fr. conquête), both from pp. of conquerre, from V.L. *conquærere (see conquer).
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in international law, the acquisition of territory through force, especially by a victorious state in a war at the expense of a defeated state. An effective conquest takes place when physical appropriation of territory (annexation) is followed by "subjugation" (i.e., the legal process of transferring title)

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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.
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