One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the Franks conquered the Visigoths in the South of France’
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
informal lick, hammer, clobber, thrash, paste, pound, pulverize, demolish, destroy, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, wipe the floor with, walk all over, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow someone out of the water, make mincemeat of, murder, massacre, slaughter, flatten, turn inside out, tank
British informal stuff
North American informal blow out, cream, shellac, skunk, slam
US informal own
2‘Peru had been conquered by Spain’
seize, take possession of, take control of, take over, appropriate, subjugate, capture, occupy, invade, annex, overrun, win
3‘the first men to conquer Mount Everest’
climb, ascend, mount, scale, top, crest
4‘the only way to conquer fear is to face it’
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
curb, subdue, repress, quell, quash, defeat, vanquish, beat, triumph over, prevail over
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