Definition of conquest in English:

conquest

noun

  • 1The subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force.

    ‘the conquest of the Aztecs by the Spanish’
    • ‘This global village was brought about first by military and political conquest and now by communication and technological influence.’
    • ‘Abroad he offers the glamour of moral commitment and military conquest.’
    • ‘Now we've talked exclusively about farmers, but we haven't looked at other types of conquest, and in particular military conquest.’
    • ‘Imperialism used to be a political and military game of land conquest and resource stealing.’
    • ‘Thus, one may question the legitimacy of subsequent wars of conquest, military campaigns to subjugate and plunder peoples, and battles to gain territory.’
    • ‘It spread primarily through trade and military conquest.’
    • ‘States no longer need to pursue military conquest to prosper, the theory goes; trade and economic integration pave a surer path to growth.’
    • ‘Any use of military force that aims at conquest of territory, alteration of borders, interference on one side or the other of a civil war is illegitimate.’
    • ‘Recent history, however, suggests the existence of many relevant uses of military force besides conquest or even coercion.’
    • ‘Even when we consider his military conquest, we see that the driving force behind them was his attachment to God.’
    • ‘Very few other nations can look back on more than a century of democratic rule unbroken by dictatorship of the left or right, civil war, military coup or conquest.’
    • ‘He might so easily have prayed that all the peoples of the world would live together in peace before he embarked on a military campaign of universal conquest, and then where would he have been?’
    • ‘It is much more a war of ideas than a war of military conquest.’
    • ‘What's the solution to an artificial border drawn in the sand after military conquest?’
    • ‘Their large numbers provided them with a measure of security from attack by their neighbors, and they are not known to have been disposed to seek military conquest.’
    • ‘In 59 B.C., however, Julius Caesar led Roman forces in conquest of the area, which the Romans ruled for the next 500 years.’
    • ‘The use of military force for conquest and expansion is a security strategy that most leaders reject in this age of complex interdependence and globalization.’
    • ‘I also learned that military conquest, regardless of the stated intentions, seldom succeeds in creating democracy.’
    • ‘Far less can it be imposed by any state over others even by invasion or unilateral use of force for conquest or change of regime.’
    • ‘Large numbers of soldiers and traders certainly came into the island in the early period of Roman conquest and control, along with a limited number of administrators.’
    defeat, beating, conquering, vanquishment, vanquishing, trouncing, annihilation, overpowering, overthrow, subduing, subjugation, rout, mastery, crushing
    seizure, seizing, takeover, acquisition, gain, appropriation, subjugation, subjection, capture, occupation, invasion, annexation, overrunning
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    1. 1.1 A territory that has been gained by the use of subjugation and military force.
      ‘colonial conquests’
      • ‘He claimed all the land as far west as the North Island tribes' conquests had extended.’
      • ‘The next day we headed to the gay Beach Number 7, which was marked like a territorial conquest with a huge rainbow flag flapping in the breeze.’
      • ‘Despite its importance, little is known about this Moghul province - the last of Emperor Akbar's conquests.’
      • ‘We have to support this resistance - by organizing the struggle here against this war machine and its drive for more conquests.’
      • ‘Even though, by then, the early Arab conquests had broken up into several rival empires, many technical achievements came the way of the Muslims.’
      • ‘He was a strong leader, whose conquests expand the Moghul Empire to its greatest size.’
      • ‘Venetia would be given to the Habsburgs, shorn of a number of outlying territories which would consolidate French conquests further west.’
      • ‘The beauty of this is that Italy cannot stab Russia effectively, not being able to bring fleets to bear against the southern conquests of the Russian empire.’
      • ‘These conquests added big Muslim cities like Tashkent and Samarkand to the Russian Empire.’
      • ‘He added new lands to old and carefully consolidated his conquests by founding Greek cities abroad.’
      • ‘The scale and rapidity of the German advance into Russia, coming on top of earlier conquests, posed obvious administrative problems for the conquerors.’
      • ‘Consolidation of such conquests by wise and intelligent administration is, on the other hand, a quiet affair and rarely engages our serious attention.’
    2. 1.2 The invasion and assumption of control of England by William of Normandy in 1066.
    3. 1.3 The overcoming of a problem or weakness.
      ‘the conquest of inflation’
      • ‘It pledged to make the conquest of poverty, achieve the goal of full employment and foster social integration, prevailing over objectives of development.’
      • ‘These are among the reasons why the conquest of poverty has become the overarching Millennium goal of the United Nations.’
      • ‘But the conquest of hunger and malnutrition requires additional links in the food chain.’
    4. 1.4 A person whose affection or favor has been won.
      ‘someone he could display before his friends as his latest conquest’
      • ‘He didn't want his friends knowing about his drunken mother's tears or his philandering father's many conquests.’
      • ‘The actor, once well known for his frequent conquests, can't seem to get enough of the Brazilian beauty even though she denies that anything as permanent as marriage is on the cards.’
      • ‘But even that trio of conquests didn't satisfy his rampaging appetite. He also embarked on a much-publicised affair with an actress.’
      • ‘For example, let's see some equal time given to the sexual conquests of young females at the box office.’
      • ‘As the amorous side of your life goes up and down, you forage in the laundry basket of love, reselecting old flames instead of dusting yourself down and seeking new conquests.’
      • ‘Early in his stay in Madrid, a notorious star-chaser glibly informed the Spanish media that the new arrival would be the latest in her series of celebrity conquests.’
      • ‘I can't quite believe I'm asking this question at 11 o'clock on a Monday morning, but the sex warrior raised the issue of sex conquests, so here goes.’
      • ‘Sexuality and sexual conquest, after all, can be experienced by men as humiliating and stressful as well as thrilling.’
      • ‘Thus, your adventures take on a mythical quality and your romances aren't just conquests, they're heart-touching encounters.’
      • ‘She is cast as a mid-50-year-old mother of one of his potential conquests.’
      • ‘He is in a fitful mood which is compounded by an outburst at the table by a maid, who has obviously become one of his many conquests.’
      • ‘He had no real love for her, but considered her a conquest unlike most other women.’
      • ‘Then last year the gossip columns started reporting on his notorious sexual conquests - who doesn't love a scandal?’
      • ‘His need for continual sexual conquests is undoubtedly a result of rejecting the fractured family unit that created him.’
      catch, acquisition, captive, prize, slave
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French conquest(e), based on Latin conquirere (see conquer).

Pronunciation:

conquest

/ˈkänˌkwest/