Definition of conquer in English:

conquer

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Overcome and take control of (a place or people) by military force.

    ‘he conquered Cyprus’
    figurative ‘they've conquered new markets in Japan’
    ‘a conquered people’
    • ‘Another Dark Lord has risen to conquer the world.’
    • ‘He seems much less concerned with conquering territory than with exerting what might be termed feudal control over his neighbours.’
    • ‘I have to say that I am quite happy relying on theirs, and the guidebooks description, and have no urge to come back to conquer the place.’
    • ‘Until now, we have read this history as a hero story in which the clever human lineage triumphantly conquers the world.’
    • ‘In 1393, the town was conquered by the Ottoman army and burned to the ground.’
    • ‘Little in our history prepares us to administer conquered territories.’
    • ‘Capital is conquering the world, making the earth a gigantic cesspool of exploitation.’
    • ‘Once his home territories were settled, Alexander set out to conquer new territory.’
    • ‘The ego's perverted version of this noble drive is the desire for power and control, the urge to conquer the world.’
    • ‘By controlling the countryside, they conquered the towns.’
    • ‘A country which once conquered the commercial world now fails to make the most of the global market place.’
    • ‘It speaks, you could say, for much in the accelerated world where we speed between continents and think we have conquered both space and time.’
    • ‘You begin with a starbase and a couple of other structures and ships, and must collect resources to build massive strike forces to conquer an area of space.’
    • ‘The life and early death of the soldier king who won his first battles at 16, conquered the known world in his twenties and died at 32 should make for gripping audiovisual entertainment.’
    • ‘Traditional Chinese medicine is destined to conquer the world.’
    • ‘Differential pay rates and the prospect of becoming a professional salaried officer encouraged ambition; estates in newly conquered territories were a final reward.’
    • ‘According to them it was God's own destiny for them to conquer the entire continent to bring it under the U.S. control.’
    • ‘This is the oldest quarter of Granada, the haven to which the Moors fled when the Christians conquered the city, and for centuries it was the poorest.’
    • ‘After a while, there is no point trying to conquer the place, and the soldiers go home, leaving a force of a few men who are soon integrated into the country.’
    • ‘Sometimes, conquering the capital city isn't the only way to bring about a victory.’
    defeat, beat, vanquish, trounce, annihilate, triumph over, be victorious over, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, overthrow, subdue, subjugate, put down, quell, quash, crush, repress, rout
    seize, take possession of, take control of, take over, appropriate, subjugate, capture, occupy, invade, annex, overrun, win
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    1. 1.1 Successfully overcome (a problem or weakness)
      ‘a fear she never managed to conquer’
      • ‘Thrilled with my progress, and under the assumption I had conquered my problem, I fell back into my old ways.’
      • ‘Each flag signals that the driver of the vehicle is clinically obese, and would welcome help from passers-by in conquering the problem.’
      • ‘To conquer mold, you must also conquer moisture problems.’
      • ‘Learning to conquer setbacks with a smile on one's face is in itself a great achievement.’
      • ‘The events of the last night she remembered flashed before her eyes as she tried to conquer the weakness she was feeling all over her body.’
      • ‘To conquer this problem, we used a second beamsplitter to introduce integrated in-line illumination in the system.’
      • ‘Over 40 works conquer the difficulties of reproducing prints that are large, dark and detailed.’
      • ‘To researchers who enjoy conquering the technological problems of creating a nanotech world, these social, legal and regulatory concerns may seem like dull things.’
      • ‘Here is the one who could unite interests and conquer problems, and yet, he isn't really a choice at all.’
      • ‘He is a role model who conquered adversity, remained in school, and now looks forward to a promising future.’
      • ‘The former had conquered her problems, the latter was oblivious of hers.’
      • ‘The challenge, he says, is to conquer those troubles, for that is what life is about.’
      • ‘Last year, 58 addicts were treated, of which around 20 are believed to have conquered their problems.’
      • ‘Who, after all, could deride the allocation of funding to the process of conquering the problems associated with those issues?’
      • ‘She said children should learn how to conquer setbacks and ought not sacrifice their dreams at the altar of their inhibitions.’
      • ‘Neither problem was fully conquered here, still less with the dodgy leaps at the close.’
      • ‘Both have conquered adversity, overcoming significant injuries.’
      • ‘Such is her commitment to conquering her problem that she regularly goes twice a day to group counselling’
      • ‘It is the means for conquering poverty at the lowest rung of society, the basis on which children and the elderly are cared for, the foundation for the cultivation of arts and learning.’
      • ‘By overlapping cells, the network conquers the line-of-sight problem, enabling customers to roam.’
      overcome, get the better of, control, get control of, master, gain mastery over, get a grip on, deal with, cope with, surmount, rise above, get over
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    2. 1.2 Climb (a mountain) successfully.
      ‘the second Briton to conquer Everest’
      • ‘The expedition, that was flagged off on Thursday, will start the climb this week-end and have 15 days to conquer the peak.’
      • ‘Many attempt to climb this mountain but the climb is steep and on loose scree; to be physically fit and have a real desire to climb is essential to conquer this small mountain.’
      • ‘I was born in the Fifties when the mountain was conquered.’
      • ‘It would seem that at least one Scottish filmmaker has conquered another mountain.’
      • ‘Let's just say that it sounds like the concern was for nothing since the ladies conquered the mountain like champs.’
      • ‘He recalls how he first conquered the holy mountain.’
      • ‘I learned that you never really conquer a mountain; you are just blessed to spend time on one.’
      • ‘We were unwilling to waste energy conquering the high peak.’
      • ‘The early expeditioners, who climbed in Norfolk jackets and nailed boots, believed their only obstacle to conquering the mountain was getting at it.’
      • ‘Based on a true story, it recalls how two ambitious mountaineers set out to conquer a previously unclimbed peak in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.’
      • ‘He doesn't have to wrestle a bear, conquer a mountain or solve the theory of relativity.’
      • ‘Without stopping they had conquered an awesome mountain 20 minutes faster than the experts expect serious cyclists to complete the challenge.’
      • ‘Be ready to come home exhausted, having given it your all for three straight weeks and possibly still not conquered the summit.’
      • ‘To conquer this peak one has to climb on rock and ice.’
      • ‘She was one of those astonishing Victorian women who conquered mountains and crossed scorching deserts corseted in whalebone and steel, sporting smart designer tweeds and improbable hats.’
      • ‘It took a week to conquer the summit from base camp during a two-month expedition.’
      • ‘A Scottish doctor has died in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc, moments after fulfilling his dream to conquer the mountain.’
      • ‘James always had his sights set firmly on conquering the mountain and prior to the climb the spirited and adventuresome youngster trained for five weeks in the Commeragh mountains.’
      • ‘Until that point, the action has centred on two mountaineers who have come adrift from each other after conquering a peak never climbed before (or since - this is a true story).’
      • ‘It would be a tough climb, near impossible, but I felt real faith that I could conquer the mountain.’
      climb, ascend, mount, scale, top, crest
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    3. 1.3 Gain the love, admiration, or respect of (a person or group of people)
      ‘the Beatles were to leave Liverpool and conquer the world’
      • ‘Its success is quite impressive because of the fact it is all about a German band that conquered Europe with hits on the German language.’
      • ‘Establishing themselves first in the highly competitive Cork music scene, they then went north to Dublin to conquer the capital.’
      • ‘At the moment the band is conquering the world.’
      • ‘For a time in the 1970's they were the British band that conquered America.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the general sense ‘acquire, attain’): from Old French conquerre, based on Latin conquirere ‘gain, win’, from con- (expressing completion) + quaerere ‘seek’.

Pronunciation

conquer

/ˈkɒŋkə/