An example of conquer is when an army defeats another country in a war.
- to get possession or control of by or as by winning a war
- to overcome by physical, mental, or moral force; get the better of; defeat
Origin of conquerMiddle English conqueren from Old French conquerre from Vulgar Latin an unverified form conquaerere (for Classical Latin conquirere), to search for, procure from Classical Latin com-, intensive + quaerere, to seek, acquire
verbcon·quered, con·quer·ing, con·quers
- a. To gain control of or subdue by military force: conquered the neighboring lands.b. To defeat in war: The Greeks conquered the Persians. See Synonyms at defeat.
- a. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example): vaccines that conquered smallpox; programs to conquer poverty.b. To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally: You must conquer your fear of heights.
- To reach the summit of (a mountain) by climbing.
- a. To gain the affection or admiration of: back when jazz conquered Paris.b. To seduce.
Origin of conquerMiddle English conqueren from Old French conquerre from Vulgar Latin conquaerere from Latin conquīrere to procure com- intensive pref. ; see com- . quaerere to seek
- con′quer·or con′quer·er
(third-person singular simple present conquers, present participle conquering, simple past and past participle conquered)
- To defeat in combat; to subjugate.
- In 1453, the Ottoman Empire conquered Istanbul.
- To overcome an abstract obstacle.
- Today I conquered my fear of flying by finally boarding a plane.
- to conquer difficulties or temptations
- To gain, win, or obtain by effort.
- to conquer freedom; to conquer a peace
- To acquire by force of arms, win in war.
From Old French conquerre, from Late Latin conquaerere (“to knock, strike; to search for, procure”), from con- + quaerere (“to seek, acquire”).