Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for conquer.
Main Entry: con·quer
Pronunciation: 'kä[ng]-k&r
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): con·quered; con·quer·ing /-k(&-)ri[ng]/
Etymology: Middle English, to acquire, conquer, from Anglo-French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere, alteration of Latin conquirere to search for, collect, from com- + quaerere to ask, search
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to gain or acquire by force of arms : SUBJUGATE <conquer territory>
2 : to overcome by force of arms : VANQUISH <conquered the enemy>
3 : to gain mastery over or win by overcoming obstacles or opposition <conquered the mountain>
4 : to overcome by mental or moral power : SURMOUNT <conquered her fear>
intransitive verb : to be victorious
- con·quer·or /-k&r-&r/ noun
synonyms CONQUER, VANQUISH, DEFEAT, SUBDUE, REDUCE, OVERCOME, OVERTHROW mean to get the better of by force or strategy. CONQUER implies gaining mastery of <Caesar conquered Gaul>. VANQUISH implies a complete overpowering <vanquished the enemy and ended the war>. DEFEAT does not imply the finality or completeness of VANQUISH which it otherwise equals <the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas>. SUBDUE implies a defeating and suppression <subdued the native tribes after years of fighting>. REDUCE implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender <the city was reduced after a month-long siege>. OVERCOME suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle <overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks>. OVERTHROW stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power <violently overthrew the old regime>.