Conquer Definition

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To get possession or control of by or as by winning a war.
Webster's New World
To overcome by physical, mental, or moral force; get the better of; defeat.
Webster's New World
To defeat in war.
The Greeks conquered the Persians.
American Heritage
To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example).
Vaccines that conquered smallpox; programs to conquer poverty.
American Heritage
To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally.
You must conquer your fear of heights.
American Heritage

Origin of Conquer

  • Middle English conqueren from Old French conquerre from Vulgar Latin conquaerere from Latin conquīrere to procure com- intensive pref. com– quaerere to seek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French conquerre, from Late Latin conquaerere (“to knock, strike; to search for, procure”), from con- + quaerere (“to seek, acquire”).

    From Wiktionary


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