Definition of reconquer in US English:



[with object]
  • Conquer again.

    • ‘Republican forces of liberation rose up in March 1848 against their Austrian overlords and held the city for over a year before it was reconquered after a bitter siege.’
    • ‘However, by 1920 it was reconquered by Russia, and in 1922 it became a constituent part of the Soviet Union, as part of the Transcaucasian Socialist Soviet Republic.’
    • ‘They were pawns in the Vatican's plan to reconquer Scotland and reinstate the regime of the cardinals, the bishops and the priests.’
    • ‘Attracting numerous barbarian auxiliaries through generous payments, Justinian managed to reconquer much of Italy and the coastal strip of southern Spain, bolstering his claim to be reviving the empire's glory.’
    • ‘His mother, always prone to periods of melancholy and depression, mourned the Old Regime and believed that the legitimists could reconquer France and restore both the royal line and true religion.’
    • ‘Emperor Justinian reconquered North Africa and part of Italy, making Ravenna the western capital, but his success was shortlived.’
    • ‘The innovations that Alfred introduced meant that within twenty years of his death, most of the Danelaw had been reconquered by the West Saxon kings and their Mercian allies.’
    • ‘But he was eager to emulate his father and reconquer parts of Germany lost after the defeat of Quinctilius Varus.’
    • ‘From here, by arrangement with the Georgian government, Gelayev's fighters set out to assist in reconquering Abkhazia and to open up a second front against Russia.’
    • ‘In the first half of the 6th century Byzantine forces attempted to reconquer the Western Roman Empire, successfully restoring Roman rule in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and southern Spain by the 550s.’
    • ‘It was clear now that Britain could not possibly hope to ever reconquer the American colonies, not without the cost of thousands of young men.’
    • ‘On his way to reconquer Scotland, Edward died near Carlisle.’
    • ‘On 28 May the port was successfully reconquered by French and Norwegian troops, and the German forces under Maj-General Eduard Dietl were pushed back towards the Swedish frontier.’
    • ‘Alfonso I and his son Sancho I reconquered the remaining Portuguese territory from the Muslims.’
    • ‘Thirteen years later the British reconquered Sudan after the butchery at the Battle of Omdurman.’
    • ‘In late 1778 and 1779, British forces reconquered Georgia, the only state completely subdued during the war.’
    • ‘The Cold War expressed the unrelenting military and economic pressure that the US exerted against the Soviet Union in its drive to reconquer those territories that had been lost to capitalism.’
    • ‘When the Byzantines reconquered their capital in 1261, they attempted to restore its past glory but could never recreate its former strength.’
    • ‘However, he was also committed to reconquering his father's lands in Normandy, Anjou and especially in Poitou.’
    • ‘The Spanish returned to reconquer the Rio Grande area in 1692.’
    • ‘But after the Austrian defeat at Wagram, the French under Eugène reconquered the region.’
    recover, get back, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, rescue, salvage
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