verb (conquered; conquering) Etymology: Middle English, to acquire, conquer, from Anglo-French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere, alteration of Latin conquirere to search for, collect, from com- + quaerere to ask, search Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to gain or acquire by force of arms ; subjugate <
conquer territory
2. to overcome by force of arms ; vanquish <
conquered the enemy
3. to gain mastery over or win by overcoming obstacles or opposition <
conquered the mountain
4. to overcome by mental or moral power ; surmount <
conquered her fear
intransitive verb to be victoriousconqueror noun Synonyms: conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of <
Caesar conquered Gaul
. vanquish implies a complete overpowering <
vanquished the enemy and ended the war
. defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals <
the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
. subdue implies a defeating and suppression <
subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
. reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender <
the city was reduced after a month-long siege
. overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle <
overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
. overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power <
violently overthrew the old regime

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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