- 1The subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force: the conquest of the Aztecs by the SpanishMore example sentences
- Recent history, however, suggests the existence of many relevant uses of military force besides conquest or even coercion.
- 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.
- Thus, one may question the legitimacy of subsequent wars of conquest, military campaigns to subjugate and plunder peoples, and battles to gain territory.
- 1.1A territory that has been gained by the use of subjugation and military force: colonial conquestsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.2 (the Conquest) The invasion and assumption of control of England by William of Normandy in 1066. See also Norman Conquest.
- 1.3The overcoming of a problem or weakness: the conquest of inflationMore example sentences
- These are among the reasons why the conquest of poverty has become the overarching Millennium goal of the United Nations.
- It pledged to make the conquest of poverty, achieve the goal of full employment and foster social integration, prevailing over objectives of development.
- But the conquest of hunger and malnutrition requires additional links in the food chain.
- 1.4A person whose affection or favor has been won: someone he could display before his friends as his latest conquestMore example sentences
- For example, let's see some equal time given to the sexual conquests of young females at the box office.
- Sexuality and sexual conquest, after all, can be experienced by men as humiliating and stressful as well as thrilling.
- He had no real love for her, but considered her a conquest unlike most other women.
Middle English: from Old French conquest(e), based on Latin conquirere (see conquer).