What does conquer mean?

Definitions for conquer
ˈkɒŋ kərcon·quer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curbverb

    to put down by force or authority

    "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"

  2. appropriate, capture, seize, conquerverb

    take possession of by force, as after an invasion

    "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"

  3. conquerverb

    overcome by conquest

    "conquer your fears"; "conquer a country"


  1. conquerverb

    to defeat in combat; to subjugate

    In 1453, the Ottoman Empire conquered Istanbul.

  2. conquerverb

    to overcome an abstract obstacle

    Today I conquered my fear of flying by finally boarding a plane.

  3. conquerverb

    to gain, win, or obtain by effort

  4. conquerverb

    to acquire by force of arms, win in war

  5. Etymology: From conquerre, from conquaerere, from con- + quaero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONQUERverb

    Etymology: conquerir, Fr. conquirere, Latin.

    They had conquered them, and brought them under tribute. 1 Mac. viii. 2.

    ’Twas fit,
    Who conquer’d nature, should preside o’er wit. Alexander Pope.

    We conquer’d France, but felt our captive’s charms. Alexander Pope.

    Both tugging to be victors, breast to breast;
    Yet neither conqueror, nor conquer’d. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Anna conquers but to save,
    And governs but to bless. Smith.

  2. To Conquerverb

    To get the victory; to overcome.

    Put him to choler straight: he hath been used
    Ever to conquer, and to have his word
    Off contradiction. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Equal success had set these champions high,
    And both resolv’d to conquer, or to die. Edmund Waller.

    The logick of a conquering sword has no great propriety. Decay of Piety.


  1. conquer

    Conquer can be defined as the act of overcoming or defeating an opponent, an obstacle, or a condition of difficulty through force, strategy, or determination. It often implies the successful acquisition or control of a territory, achievement of a goal, or triumph over a challenge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conquerverb

    to gain or acquire by force; to take possession of by violent means; to gain dominion over; to subdue by physical means; to reduce; to overcome by force of arms; to cause to yield; to vanquish

  2. Conquerverb

    to subdue or overcome by mental or moral power; to surmount; as, to conquer difficulties, temptation, etc

  3. Conquerverb

    to gain or obtain, overcoming obstacles in the way; to win; as, to conquer freedom; to conquer a peace

  4. Conquerverb

    to gain the victory; to overcome; to prevail

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conquer

    kong′kėr, v.t. to gain by force or with an effort: to overcome or vanquish.—v.i. to be victor.—adj. Con′querable, that may be conquered.—n. Con′querableness.—adj. Con′quering, victorious.—adv. Con′queringly.—ns. Con′queror, one who conquers: a victor:—fem. Con′queress; Con′quest, the act of conquering: that which is conquered or acquired by physical or moral force: the act of gaining the affections of another.—Make a conquest, to conquer.—The Conqueror, William I. of England (L. Conques′tor); The Conquest, the acquisition of the throne of England by William, Duke of Normandy, in 1066. [O. Fr. conquerre—L. conquirĕre,—con, inten., quærĕre, to seek.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. conquer

    To gain or acquire by force; to take possession of by violent means; to gain dominion over; to subdue; to reduce, etc. To gain the victory; to overcome.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conquer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conquer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of conquer in a Sentence

  1. Jim Whitaker:

    You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can't be conquered you conquer yourself--your hopes, your fears.

  2. Kateryna Stepanenko:

    They are the only ones that are explicitly saying ‘we need this war to survive. We need this war to continue to restore the greatness of Russian Empire,’ they have a very strong ideological mindset. They see Russia as a victorious state in this conflict. And their goal is for Russia to win and conquer all of Ukraine, and even potentially fight with NATO.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

  4. Virgil:

    They can conquer who believe they can.

  5. The Koran:

    Horse, you are truly a creature without equal, for you fly without wings and conquer without sword.

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