- Vanquish is defined as to defeat or overcome.
An example of vanquish is for a team to beat the opposing side.
- to conquer or defeat in battle; force into submission
- to defeat in any conflict, as in argument
- to overcome (a feeling, condition, etc.); suppress
Origin of vanquishMiddle English venquissen ; from Old French veinquis-, inflectional stem of veinquir ; from Classical Latin vincere, to conquer: see victor
transitive verbvan·quished, van·quish·ing, van·quish·es
- a. To defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate.b. To defeat in a contest, conflict, or competition. See Synonyms at defeat.
- To overcome or subdue (an emotion, for example); suppress: “She had had to wrench herself forcibly away from Katharine, and every step vanquished her desire” (Virginia Woolf).
Origin of vanquishMiddle English vaynquisshen, from Old French vainquir, vainquiss-, from Latin vincere; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vanquishes, present participle vanquishing, simple past and past participle vanquished)